Photographer and book artist based in Warsaw, Poland. He graduated from Academy of Fine Arts in Katowice, Poland and Institute for Creative Photography in Opava, Czech Republic where he currently lectures. For more than 10 years he has been working on transition issues in Russian speaking countries and CEE region. This work resulted with the monographs “The Winners” (GOST 2014), “7 Rooms” (Kehrer 2011) and “Black Sea of Concrete” (self-published 2013). In 2012 Czytelnia Sztuki Gallery published the book “In the Car with R” the record of Rafal’s travel with writer Huldar Breidfjord around Iceland. Rafal’s work has been exhibited in C/O Berlin, Zacheta National Gallery of Art and MoCA Shanghai. He received grants from Magnum Foundation, Polish Ministry of Culture and European Cultural Foundation. Rafal’s pictures and books have been awarded with World Press Photo and Pictures of the Year International. Works in collections of Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle in Warsaw, Kiyosato Museum of Photographic Arts in Japan, Brandts Museum for Kunst & Visuel Kultur and C/O Berlin. Rafal is a founding member of Sputnik Photos collective.  

SOLO SHOWS

Weather Permitting  Ego Gallery / Poznan, Poland (2016)
7 Rooms – Brandts / Odense, Denmark (2013)
7 Rooms C/O Berlin / Germany (2012)
7 Rooms Noorderlicht Photo Gallery / Groningen, The Netherlands (2012)
7 RoomsZacheta National Gallery of Art / Warsaw, Poland (2012)
7 RoomsMuseum of History of Photography / St. Petersburg, Russia (2012)
7 Rooms – Fotodoc Sacharov Centre / Moscow, Russia (2012)
In the car with R – Fiducia Gallery / Ostrava, Czech Republic (2015)
In the car with R – Fotodepartament Gallery / St.Petersburg, Russia (2014)
In the car with R – Pauza Gallery / Krakow, Poland (2013)
In the car with R – Czytelnia Sztuki / Gliwice, Poland (2012)
Black Sea of Concrete – Museu Nogueira da Silva / Braga, Portugal (2014)
Black Sea of Concrete – Punctum Gallery / Lodz, Poland (2013)
Black Sea of Concrete – Yours Gallery / Warsaw / Poland (2010)

GROUP SHOWS

Lost Territories: SEDIMENT Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle / Warsaw, Poland (2016)
Urban Image Change – Hamburg Museum / Hamburg, Germany (2015)
Legacy – Side Gallery / New Castle, UK (2014)
Psopplaainnd – Photoespana, Museo Lazaro Galdiano / Madrid, Spain (2014)
Sputnik Photos. The Collective  Fotodok / Utrecht, The Netherlands (2014)
Stand BYSputnik Photos – Leica Gallery / Warsaw, Poland (2013)
Paris Photo – Aperture Photo Book Award – Aperture Gallery / NYC  (2012)
Recommended by…– Photogallery Vien / Vienna, Austria (2012)
IS(not) – Sirius Arts Center/ Cobh, Ireland (2012)
The Colors of the Black Sea  / Tibilisi Photo Festival, Tibilisi, Georgia (2012)
IS(not) – LA Art Museum / Hveragerdi, Iceland (2011)
U – Noorderlicht Fotogalerie / Groningen, The Netherlands (2010)
All creatures great and small – Zacheta National Gallery of Art / Warsaw / Poland (2010)
Talent Latent – multimedia show within SCAN / Tarragona, Spain (2009)
World Press Photo – worldwide traveling group exhibition (2008)
UNSEEN – Museum of Contemporary Arts MoCA Shanghai / Shanghai / China (2008)

MONOGRAPHS

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

COLLECTIVE BOOKS

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

AWARDS

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

SHORTLISTS

Paris Photo / Aperture Photo Book Award  –  First book (2012), Book of the Year (2014),
Cord Prize  (2013)
POYi  – The best photography book  (2013)
Oscar Barnack Award (2008, 2014)

GRANTS

Magnum Emergency Found (2013)
Young Poland – Polish Ministry of Culture grant for young artists (2009,2013)
European Cultural Foundation grant for Sputnik Photos (2007,2011)
Polish Ministry of Culture grant for Sputnik Photos (2011,2013)
EEA & Norway Grant for Sputnik Photos  (2010, 2013)
Visegrad Fund grant for Sputnik Photos (2010, 2012)
Closer Look European Cultural Foundation travel grant (2006)

CURATORIAL PROJECTS

Psoplaainnd / book / Photoespana / Madrid, Spain (2014)
Sputnik Photos. The Collective / exhibition / FOTODOK Gallery / Utrecht, The Netherlands (2014)
NO.03 / book / Emerging Polish photography / Sputnik Photos, Warsaw (2015)
NO.02 / book / Emerging Polish photography / Sputnik Photos, Warsaw (2014)
NO.01 / book / Emerging Polish photography / Sputnik Photos, Warsaw (2012)
Stand BY by Sputnik Photos / exhibition / Leica Gallery / Warsaw, Poland (2013)
U by Sputnik Photos / exhibition / in GGF / Gdansk, Poland (2012)
25/25 by Bartek Lurka / book & exhibition / Photomonth Show Off / Krakow, Poland (2011)
Don’t mess with Texas by Michal Jedrzejowski & Tomasz Liboska / book & exhibition / Photomonth Show Off / Krakow, Poland (2011)

COLLECTIONS

Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle in Warsaw
BRANDTS Museum for Kunst and Visuel Kultur
Kiyosato Museum of Photographic Art
Gliwice Museum
C/O Berlin

 

 

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