Paweł Starzec:
Photographer, sociologist, educator, journalist. Works on photographic documents. Mainly interested in correlations between space and its context, and in envisioning broader processes through their aftermath and peripherals. Visual sociologist, working in the field of modern iconography, mass visual memory and visual narratives. Art educator responsible for a number of workshop programs as a lecturer and teacher, co-founder of Paper Beats Rock foundation, current member of Azimuth Press collective. Student of Applied Sociology Department of University of Warsaw (Ph. D.), and of Institute of Creative Photography of Silesian University in Opava (MA). Musician and sound artist, currently playing in Mazut, and solo under Centralia moniker. DIY / zine culture enthusiast.

2018 - present: Photography, MA, ITF Silesian University in Opava
2016 - present: Applied Social Sciences, Ph. D., University of Warsaw
2014 - 2018: Photography, BA, ITF Silesian University in Opava
2014 - 2016: Applied Social Sciences, MA, University of Warsaw
2011 - 2014: Sociology, BA, University of Wrocław

Awards & Honors:
2019: shortlist, Lucie Foundation 2019 Emerging Artist Grant (for: Zersetzung)
2019: honorable mention, Lodz Fotofestival 2019 Grand Prix prize (for: Makeshift)
2018: honorable mention, CDS Documentary Essay Prize in Photography (for: Makeshift)
2018: shortlist, Polish Photographic Publication of the Year (for: Becva Interiors)
2018: finalist, Grand Press Photo 2018 in Documentary (for: Makeshift)
2018: winner, The Magenta Foundation Flash Forward 2018 (for: Makeshift)
2017: winner, LensCulture Emerging Talent Award (for: Makeshift)
2017: winner, Encontros da Imagem Discovery Award (for: Makeshift)
2017: finalist, Photon’s Different Worlds 2017 (for: Makeshift)
2017: shortlist, Lucie Foundation 2017 Photo Taken Emerging Scholarship (for: Makeshift)
2017: shortlist, Athens Photo Festival (for: Makeshift)
2017: 2nd place, Belgrade Photo Month New Talents (for: Makeshift)
2015: shortlist, Polish Photographic Publication of the Year (for: Mountain)

Individual exhibitions:
2019: Makeshift, Places of public utility, IFF, Warszawa
2018: Makeshift, MŰTŐ, Budapest
2017: Makeshift, Water Memory, Miejsce przy Miejscu, Wrocław
2012: Home, Fridom, 3A Project Space, Gdynia
2011: Home, Fridom, Galeria Scena, Koszalin
2010: Home. Fridom, G23 CRK, Wrocław

Selected group exhibitions:
2019: Makeshift, Made in Opava, Historical Museum of Katowice (PL)
2018: Home, Gewalt, How to refuse?, BWA SiC, TIFF Festival, Wrocław (PL)
2018: Nothing left to be saved, IFF, Warszawa (PL)
2018: Makeshift, Andere Welten, Photon Gallery, Wien (AT)
2018: Makeshift, LensCulture Emerging Talent, Klompching Gallery, New York (USA)
2018: Makeshift, Topografie, I. Zjeżdżałka Festival, Poznań (PL)
2017: Makeshift, Collection of Encontros da Imagem, Museo Muncipal, Outono Fotográfico, Ourense (E)
2017: Makeshift, Drugačni Svetovi / Different Worlds , Kino Šiška, PHOTON, Ljubljana (SLO)
2017: Makeshift, Encontros Da Imagem, Edifício do Castelo, Braga (PT)
2017: Makeshift, New Talents, Belgrade Photo Month 2017 (SRB)
2015: Concrete, Krajobrazy miejskie, Festiwal Przestrzeni Miejskiej Rzeszów (PL)
2013: To so mladi ljudje, Skrinja Prodajna Maribor (SLO)
2012: it's not good enough, Liebig12 Berlin (DE)
2011: Home, Title Unknown, Muzeum Współczesne Wrocław, TIFF Festival (PL)
2010: Normalizm #1, College of Communication London (UK)

Books and zines:
2017: Becva Interiors zine
2016: Jagmasters & Tape Hiss zine, with Martyna Wyrzykowska
2014: Góra/Mountain zine, with Martyna Wyrzykowska
2013: Iconoclasm in Ena Rola Filma: On images and photographs
2010: Utopia in Normalizm #1

2017: Myth and Construction by Michał Sierakowski, LAW, Warszawa
2016: Newer Topogaphics group exhibition, Dom Literatury, Łódź / as a part of Fotofestival 2016

Residencies & Workshops:
2019: Photo Plat(t)form 2019, Winterthur
2012: Ein Lab: interact! residency, Berlin

Guest lectures & Workshops:
University of Warsaw, Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw, Academy of Fine Arts in Katowice, Academy of Fine Arts in Gdańsk, School of Visual Communication in Kiev, Lodz Fotofestival, Akademia Fotografii Kraków, Lens Escuela de Artes Visuales Madrid, Pauza Gallery Kraków, ZPAF Warszawa, WSF Wrocław, OPT Wrocław, Służewski Dom Kultury, CPK Praga Południe

Publications & Interviews:
These Apparently Ordinary Places Hide a Horrible, Horrible Past, – online, October 2, 2017 (ENG)
Staram się nie być kolonizatorem, Beata Bartecka, – online, May 24, 2017 (POL)
Architecture and Power 2: Block party, Anastasiia Fedorova, Calvert Journal – online, June 2016 (ENG)
Unsettled ground – Revisiting the lost sites of the Yugoslav wars, Anastasiia Fedorova, Calvert Journal – online, May 12th, 2016 (ENG)
Пишите вашу историю: Боснийские концлагеря сегодня, Alina Sandulyak, Bird In Flight – online, June 13th, 2018
Photographer Paweł Starzec explores war, landscape and history in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Trip Mag, February 5th, 2017
Winners write history: Pawel Starzec inspects Bosnian War’s leftovers, C41 Magazine, January 18th, 2017

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