Artist Profile

Justyna Bansal

It (art in photography) is the delights of seeing.  Walker Evans


The focus of Justyna’s current photographic practice is the banal and the mundane, which represents a vital part of our existence that is easily passed over. Abandoned ‘non-moments’, which are the core foundation of our realities. Theoretically, her practice draws on the legacy of conceptualism and minimalism, as well as artists and writers such as Jan Dibbets, Uta Barth, William Eggleston, Mark Augé, Victor Burgin, Mark Augé, and Roland Barthes, amongst many more.

The use of simple and strict arrangement aims to form bespoke compositions, seeking to challenge day-to-day experience. The larger body of work explores the notion of translated meaning through photography, leaving a comment on Stuart Hall’s theories, as well as concepts of other theorists and practitioners about encoding and decoding a photographically recorded message.

While the overall aim is to concentrate on the quiet beauty of everyday surroundings, the immediate ambition is to encourage the viewer to really see their everyday. The signification of visual effect explores the relationship between known and unknown, thought and image in the same manner as photographed objects explore the relationship between known and forgotten, thought and deed.

Justyna Bansal has graduated from BA photography in 2010 with a first class honours degree and has completed MA fine art (distinction).



Solo exhibitions:

Wolverhampton Art Gallery 19.04-12.07.2014

‘The House’ exhibition and series of seminars – The Wedge Gallery, Lichfield, February 2013

‘That-Has-Been’ Calumet, Birmingham, February 2012

Group exhibitions:

2015 – ALTERart group show; Birmingham Central Library, UK

Junction Festival, Wolverhampton, July 2014

Galerie Le Carré d’Art, Rennes, France 22.05-28.06

FRAME14, Custard Factory, Birmingham, April 2014

MA degree show, The Public, West Bromwich, Oct-Nov 2013

Junction 2013, 3 Aug 2012, Chapel Ash, Wolverhampton

FRAME13, Calumet, Birmingham, 2013

“New Art West Midlands” – Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, February-May 2013

“InteriMA” – The Edge Arts Centre, March-April 2013

‘Open West Midlands’, Wolverhampton Art Gallery, Oct 2012 – Jan 2013
 (awarded ‘best in show’)

Junction Festival, Wolverhampton, August 2012

‘InteriMA’, Wolverhampton, April 2012

“Untitled” – The Lighthouse Gallery, Wolverhampton, July 2010

“Untitled” – Final Degree Show, University of Wolverhampton, June 2010

“Self Portrait” – Finding Focus, University of Wolverhampton, April 2009

“Open West Midlands” Exhibition, Wolverhampton Art Gallery, July – September 2008

“Open” Exhibition, Shire Hall Gallery, Staffordshire, May – July 2008