michal.siarek[at]gmail.com
+48 606 587 849
My interests revolving around the nexus of geopolitics, history and national mythologies, I am adocumentary photographer of Polish origin with a special itch for cultural clashes of South-Eastern Europe.

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


While photographing, I prefer to stay at a height, afar and with a technical camera, trying to take a “bigger picture”. 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 you 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 (sic!) 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.

If I were to make that choice again, I would have taken up Archaeology and Anthropology – the two toolkits that I am missing the most.








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Awards:
2017 - “Alexander” shortlisted for the Viewbook Transformations Grant
, NL
2016 - “Alexander” awarded 1st prize in The New East Photo Prize, UK
2016 - “Alexander” awarded in BZWBK Press Photo, PL
2016 - “Alexander” shortlisted to the Burn Magazine Emerging Photographer Fund
, U.S.A.
2016 - “Alexander” awarded 1st prize in the Fidal Youth Photography Award, FR
2016 - Laureate of the Show OFF section, Cracow Photomonth, PL



Exhibitions:
2017 - Backlight Festival, Tampere

2017 - PhEST, Puglia

2016 - Ian Parry Finalists, London

2016 - Calvert22, London

2016 - OFF_Festival, Bratislava



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