Opening Friday 13th March from 5-8 pm
The exhibition runs from 14th March – 19th April
Galleri Format warmly invites you to join us for the opening of REFUSAL, the first presentation of Polish photographer Rafał Milach’s work in Sweden.
Refusal is an endeavour aimed at the visual presentation of various systems of control and exerting pressure. The process of formatting and shifting meanings and of creating new ideologies is written into innocent gestures and tried and trusted sociotechnical treatments alike. The intensity,scale and methods vary, depending on the region, but they all serve a concrete, utopian vision which is imposed by the apparatus of government.
Rafał Milach (b. 1978 in Gliwice, Poland) – visual artist, photographer, author of photo books. His work focuses on topics related to the transformation in the former Eastern Bloc. Professor at the Krzysztof Kieślowski Film School in Katowice Poland and the ITF Institute of Creative Photography of the Silesian University in Opava, Czech Republic. His award-winning photo books include The Winners, 7 Rooms, and The First March of Gentlemen. Rafał Milach has received scholarships from the Polish Minister of Culture and National Heritage, Magnum Foundation, and European Cultural Foundation. Finalist of the Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize 2018 and winner of the World Press Photo competition. Co-founder of the Sputnik Photos collective. His works have been widely exhibited worldwide and can be found in the collections of the MoMA Warsaw, CCA Ujazdowski Castle in Warsaw, the ING Polish Art Foundation, Kiyosato Museum of Photographic Arts (Japan), and Brandts Museum in Odense (Denmark). Rafal joined Magnum Photos in 2018 as a nominee member.
Rafał will also be giving an artist talk at the gallery at 2pm on Saturday 14 March.
The exhibition is curated by Katarzyna Sagatowska and is presented in collaboration with Gallery JEDNOSTKA, Atlas Sztuki and the Adam Mickiewicz Institute.