Visual artist, photographer, author of photobooks. Graduate of the Academy of Fine Arts in Katowice, Poland and ITF in Opava, Czech Republic. He currently lectures in the latter institution. For over 10 years, Rafał Milach has been working on transition issues in former East Block countries. He has earned worldwide recognition for his books – The Winners and 7 Rooms. He received grants from the Ministry of Culture, Magnum Foundation and the European Cultural Foundation. He has won prestigious prizes, including the World Press Photo, Pictures of the Year International. Co-founder of the Sputnik Photos collective. Selected individual exhibitions: C/O Berlin and Zachęta National Gallery of Art in Warsaw. He has had a number of group shows. His works are found in the collections of the Kiyosato Museum of Photographic Arts in Japan, Brandts in Odense (Denmark), CCA Ujazdowski Castle in Warsaw, ING Polish Art Foundation, Museum in Gliwice.

SOLO SHOWS

2017  RefusalSzara Gallery / Katowice, Poland 
2017  RefusalAtlas Sztuki Gallery / Łódź, Poland
2016  Weather Permitting  Ego Gallery / Poznan, Poland 
2015  In the car with R – Fiducia Gallery / Ostrava, Czech Republic
2014  In the car with R – Fotodepartament Gallery / St.Petersburg, Russia

2013  7 Rooms – Brandts / Odense, Denmark
2012  7 Rooms C/O Berlin / Berlin, Germany
2012  7 Rooms Noorderlicht Photo Gallery / Groningen, The Netherlands 
2012  7 RoomsZacheta National Gallery of Art / Warsaw, Poland
2012  In the car with R – Czytelnia Sztuki / Gliwice, Poland
2010  Black Sea of Concrete – Yours Gallery / Warsaw, Poland 

GROUP SHOWS

2017  The Resistance of the Form Teatr Powszechny/ Warsaw, Poland
2017  Lost Territories: PHANTOM Mystetskyi Arsenal Gallery/ Kiev, Ukraine
2017  Lost Territories: CONTROL – Fotohof / Salzburg, Austria
2017  Lost Territories: THE NEW END Arsenal Gallery / Białystok, Poland
2016  Lost Territories: SEDIMENT CCA Ujazdowski Castle / Warsaw, Poland
2014  Legacy – Side Gallery / Newcastle, UK 
2014  Psopplaainnd – Photoespana, Museo Lazaro Galdiano / Madrid, Spain
2014  Sputnik Photos. The Collective  Fotodok / Utrecht, The Netherlands 
2013  Stand BYSputnik Photos – Leica Gallery / Warsaw, Poland
2012  IS(not) – Sirius Arts Center/ Cobh, Ireland 
2012  IS(not) – LA Art Museum / Hveragerdi, Iceland
2010  U – Noorderlicht Fotogalerie / Groningen,The Netherlands 
2010  All creatures great and small – Zacheta National Gallery of Art / Warsaw, Poland 
2008  World Press Photo – worldwide traveling group exhibition
2008  UNSEEN – MoCA Shanghai / Shanghai, China 

BOOKS

2017  PRESSIDENT / Galeria Szara (2017)
2017  The First March of Gentlemen / Kolekcja Wrzesińska (2017)
2014  The Winners / GOST (1+2 ed. 2014)
2013  Black Sea of Concrete / Self-published (2013)
2012  In the Car with R / Czytelnia Sztuki  (2012)
2011 7 Rooms / Kehrer Verlag ( 1-st ed. 2011,  2-nd ed. 2013)

COLLECTIVE BOOKS

2017  Fruit Garden (LTA 3) / Sputnik Photos 
2016  Wordbook (LTA 1) / Sputnik Photos 
2014  Psopplaainnd. Mapping the Blind Spots / Sputnik Photos, Nophoto 
2014  Contact sheets. The Selected Photos. Vol II / Postcart Edizioni 
2012  Distant Place / Copernicus Science Center 
2012  Stand BY / Sputnik Photos 
2010  Is(not) / Sputnik Photos
2010  U / Sputnik Photos 

AWARDS

2012  POYi  – The best photography book – winner / Missouri, USA
2012  Magnum Expression Award 2011- honorary mention / New York, USA 
2011  Photography Book Now – winner in Documentary Book category / New York, USA 
2011  New York Photo Festival – Jury’s Choice Grand Prize / New York, USA 
2009  Photography Book Now – Grand Prize / New York, USA 
2009  POYi – II prize in category Science, Natural History / Missouri, USA 
2008  World Press Photo – I prize in category Arts and Entertainment /Amsterdam, NL

SHORTLISTS

2018  Deutsche Börse Photography Prize 
2014  Paris Photo / Aperture Photo Book Award  –  Book of the Year 
2014  Oscar Barnack Award 
2013  Cord Prize  2013
2013  POYi  – The best photography book
2012  Paris Photo / Aperture Photo Book Award  –  First book
2008  Oscar Barnack Award 

GRANTS

2013  Magnum Emergency Found 
2013  Young Poland – Polish Ministry of Culture 
2009  Young Poland – Polish Ministry of Culture
2006  European Cultural Foundation 

CURATORIAL PROJECTS

2017  Fruit Garden (LTA 3) / book /Sputnik Photos
2016  Wordbook (LTA 1) / book / Sputnik Photos
2014  Psopplaainnd. Mapping the Blind Spots / Book / Sputnik Photos, Nophoto
2014  Sputnik Photos. The Collective / exhibition / FOTODOK Gallery / Utrecht, The Netherlands 
2013  Stand BY by Sputnik Photos / exhibition / Leica Gallery / Warsaw, Poland (2013)
2011 Photomonth Show Off / Krakow, Poland 

COLLECTIONS

ING Polish Art Foundation 
Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle in Warsaw 
BRANDTS Museum for Kunst and Visuel Kultur 
Kiyosato Museum of Photographic Art 
Gliwice Museum 

 

 

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