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I am a documentary photographer interested in the nexus of geopolitics, history and national mythologies. Driven by stories which complexities require slow approach and long-term dedication, I traced the modern myth of Alexander the Great in the Republic of North Macedonia for 6 years, which resulted in my debut project and monograph “Alexander”.

For this work I was awarded The New East Prize and the FIDAL Youth Photography Award, and later, with my first monograph, nominated to Luma Dummy Book Award, La Fabrica / Photo London Dummy Award and MACK First Book Award.

Currently, I stay in the northernmost part of Europe, where I work on my second long-term project, which explores social changes brought by the global warming and the competition for the influences and resources in the Arctic.

In my practice am motivated chiefly by a drive to understand problems whose degree of complication fascinates me and I use photography as a means of observation and recording, in the same way that another person would perhaps draw a mind map to picture the problem.


The way of presenting my inquiries was meant to be credible, distanced and ambiguous. Still, instead of offering ready answers, my intention is to provide the same information that I had myself, so that you draw your own connections and eventually come to a conclusion.

In the period between 2010-18 I studied towards an MA degree in photography at the Polish National Filmschool in Lodz, Poland. I graduated with “Alexander”, a story that I had pursued since 2013.











Awards:

2019 - Honorable mention, Poznań Photo Diploma Awards
2019 - “Alexander” shortlisted to PHE Book Award
2019 - “Alexander” shortlisted for MACK First Book Award
2018 - “Alexander” shortlisted for Luma Dummy Book Award
2018 - “Alexander” shortlisted for La Fabrica / Photo London Dummy Award
2017 - “Alexander” shortlisted for the Viewbook Transformations Grant
2016 - “Alexander” awarded 1st prize in The New East Photo Prize
2016 - “Alexander” awarded rd prize in BZWBK Press Photo
2016 - “Alexander” shortlisted for the Burn Magazine Emerging Photographer Fund
2016 - “Alexander” awarded 1st prize in the Fidal Youth Photography Award
2016 - Laureate of the Show OFF section, Cracow Photomonth



On display:

2020 - Outdoor instalation at Domplein (FOTODOK), Utrecht
2019 - OFF Festival, Opole
2019 - Municipal Gallery Arsenał, Poznań
2018 - National Muzeum in Warsaw (Królikarnia)
2018 - Instytut Fotografii Fort, Warsaw
2017 - Backlight Festival, Tampere
2017 - PhEST, Puglia
2016 - Ian Parry Finalists, London
2016 - Calvert22, London
2016 - OFF_Festival, Bratislava


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