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Natalia Zagorska-Thomas

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Born in Warsaw Natalia Zagorska-Thomas is a Polish/British visual artist who has been living and working in London for the past two decades. Trained at Canberra School of Art (Australia) and St Martins and Central School of Art (London) she has exhibited in Australia, Poland, Spain and the UK at venues such as Lanyon Gallery (Canberra Australia), Victoria and Albert Museum, Royal Festival Hall and Sothebys (London) amongst many others. She has worked as a textile conservator for many institutions such as the Royal Academy, Victoria and Albert Museum, Museum of London, Museum of Islamic Art, (Doha, Qatar) and Wawel Royal Castle (Krakow, Poland). Influenced by the Polish avant garde art of the second half of the 20th century, especially by the legendary artist, theatre director and cultural commentator Tadeusz Kantor, she is interested in art which connects intensely personal, instinctive experience with the collective, social and political. Her work often includes elements suggestive of theatre and performance. Informed by her experience both as an artist and an art conservator Zagorska-Thomas aims to explore the notions of interpretation and the agency of the collected object in contemporary culture. She has given lectures, workshops and participated in panel discussions on the subject of museum collections, interplay between conservation and art practice and the evidential power of objects at SOAS, Tate Modern and The American University in Paris.

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