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Artist Bio

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September 30th 2022

Photo of live performance "This is Not a Toy"

Katarina Poljak  is an award-winning filmmaker whose work has screened at The Kimmel Center, Vox Populi Gallery, and several international film festivals including ARFF Paris, Queen Palm International, LGBTQ Unbordered International, Croatian Fashion Film, Indie Short,  and Rethink Dance. Her often performance based films are informed by a critique of social traditions and technology. Scenes located in her work immerse the audience in a fantastical universe steeped in retro futurism, sculptural set-design & ornate hand-made costumery.  She has been greatly influenced by her collaborations with experimental film and performance artist Kathy Rose and is invested in continuing to create work that references both the past and future of mass culture, and the unspoken boundaries that define our social lives. Poljak received a BFA from University of the Arts, where she studied both Dance and Film, and was awarded the Shannon D. Moore major film award for her thesis film in 2019. She is interested in humanity’s trajectory into a posthumanism and how this is framed by our sense of  the idealized human body.  Her work evokes a sense of surrealist suspense, indulges in contemporary culture’s collective obsession with the spectacle of gore, and connects audiences to the viscerality of the grotesque. The imagery she compiles suggests an exaggerated evolution so extreme that we see the horrors of the glamorized human form.  Poljak’s latest film Incredible Machine Glassbody was selected, screened, and won at several international film festivals in 2020. She is currently a 2022 Artist in Residence at Mascher Space Cooperative, has received partial funding and is working to bring a new short film, Source Architecture, to life.  
 

Education 

2014-2019

The University of the Arts

Awards / Screenings

2018

Philadelphia Women In Film and Television Female Filmmaker  Showcase

The Kimmel Center for Performing Arts, Philadelphia, PA

2019

Shannon D. Moore Major Film Award,  Winner of "Most Exceptional Film"

The University of The Arts

2019

Eco Fashion Film Festival

Thessaly, Greece

2019

Indie Short Fest special mention and Finalist nomination for "Best Costume Design"

Los Angelos, CA

2019

Rethink Dance Film Festival Finalist for "Best Choreography for Film"

Fargo, ND

2020

Croation Fashion Film Festival, Finalist for "Best Emerging Talent"

Debrovnik, Croatia

2020

 Beyond The Curve International Film Festival, Finalist for "Best Woman's Film"

Paris, France

2021

Around International Film Festival Paris Winner of "Best Emerging Talent" 

Paris, France.

2022

Come as Your Madness Fashion Show, Crowned the "Muse of Madness"

Vox Populi Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

PhillyCam Live for TV performance of "Mountain of One"

Philadelphia, PA

2021

Around International Film Festival Paris Winner of "Best Emerging Talent" 

Paris, France.

2022

Come as Your Madness Fashion Show, Crowned the "Muse of Madness"

Vox Populi Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

2022

PhillyCam Live for TV performance of "Mountain of One"

Philadelphia, PA

Exhibitions 

2017

"INSTALL" solo performance 

Gershman Theater, Philadelphia PA

2018

"Number 11" Dance Film part of Women In Film and Television Female Filmmaker Showcase

The Kimmel Center, Philadelphia PA

2018

"Red Room" Installation part of Tongue and Cheek Artist Showcase

Headlong Theater, Philadelphia PA

2019

 “Metal Organism” Dance Film 

Gershman Theater, Philadelphia PA

2019

"Body: Unknown" Live Performance Installation part of "Dreams and Delusions"

The Painted Bride Theater, Philadelphia PA

2021

"Mountain of One" Live Performance part of  Mascher Cooperative's "Fresh Juice Showcase" 

Headlong Theater, Philadelphia PA

2022

"This is Not a Toy" Live Performance part of  "Come As Your Madness Fashion Show and Masquerade Ball"

Vox Populi Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

2022

"This is Not a Toy" Live Performance part of "Vox Populi's Boo Bash"

Vox Populi Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Upcoming

2021- ongoing

"SOURCE ARCHITECTURE" Short film 

Writer/ Director/ Editor

2022- ongoing

Untitled Feature Documentary

Associate Producer/ Audio Engineer

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