Monday, 7 December 2009

Madame Peripetie

‘Madame Peripetie’ aka Sylwana Zybura is a Polish photographer based in Germany. Sylwana explores the boundaries between fashion, sculpture and the human body, experimenting with various fabrics and patterns; whilst infusing high-fashion elements with abstract and conceptual ideas, creating an eccentric escapade of colour and texture. Her inspirations include surrealism and dadaism as well as the new wave era of the 80s and British post punk scene.

Alongside her BA studies in photography at the University of Applied Sciences and Art, Dortmund, Germany, Sylwana also collaborates with up-and-coming fashion designers and is experimenting with short stop-motion films.


In response to viewer comments I have contacted Madame Peripetie and am waiting her kind response to the use of her images and comments in this blog.

©Madam Peripetie [pseudonym]

Péripétie, from Geek περιπετεῖα (peripeteia): means usually in the epic poem, a novel, a piece of theater, anything that changes the situation and takes in an action, the situation of the characters and the related interest, a kind of revolution.

… it means a turning point and shows how much photography changed my live and my perception of the world. – Madam Peripetie

©Madam Peripetie

[from the anti-portraits series]

I like my white anti-portraits series quite a lot. It’s my tribute to dada and its anti-art statement. It’s not important who the depicted people are – what is crucial, is the process of disembodiment that takes place by covering the whole face with different objects. All of the sudden you cant see the face that expresses personality feelings and emotions- it becomes a new construction – a kind of sculpture or anti-faceless portrait – an anti-portrait. It’s an experiment with the form and structure, a kind of revulsion and rebellion against the modern society where everybody looks the same and become a part of a mass-culture. The series is developing and new pictures are coming soon. It became my desire to create my own disturbing worlds and spaces and wanted the viewers to react to my work with anxiety, tension and puzzlement. -Madame Peripetie

I don’t like repeating myself in any way although it happens that a certain idea is invading my mind over and over again and I feel a strong overwhelming desire to implement it as soon as possible. But the most significant thing is to tell a story to make it feel like something had already happened before the picture and would happen even after that. The pictures need to have certain suspense in them and always a slightly macabre tone. Crime scenes, surrealism, pop art and film noir strongly combined with myriad of pieces of clothing and accessories – it is that what makes them captivating and irresistible. -Madame Peripetie


Unbearable lightness of being

unbearable lightness of being by madame peripetie.

Strayed Thoughts

strayed thoughts by madame peripetie.

Unsolicited Scene

unsolicited scene by madame peripetie.

Extinct Species

extinct species by madame peripetie.

Flow - Dreamers Film

flow - dreamers film by madame peripetie.

Mis - Communication

mis/communication by madame peripetie.


  1. Please have a look at more of Madame Peripetie's work on her website. It really is a joy to view.