Michał Łuczak


Born in 1983, photographer, visual artist, curator. Works mainly with photography and video. Graduate of the Institute of Creative Photography at the University of Silesia in Opava in Czechia and hispanic studies at the University of Silesia in Katowice. Since 2010 he has been a part of the Sputnik Photos collective. He co-leads a year-long workshop on documentary photography called Sputnik Photos Mentoring Programme and teaches at the Faculty of Art of the Pedagogical University in Krakow. 
In recent years, he has focused on the complicated and mercenary relatioship between humans, their immediate surroundings and the natural environment. He does not look very far away, his latest works focus on local problems, which can also be seen universally: the consequences of the coal industry or the economic treatment of forests.
He is the author of photographic books: Brutal (2012), Koło miejsca / Eleme tarz (with Krzysztof Siwczyk, 2016), 11.41 (with Filip Springer, 2016). His works were awarded in such competitions as Magnum Expression Award, Mio Photo Award and Photographic Publication of the Year. Scholarship holder of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage and the Young Poland programme. As a part of Sputnik Photos he exhibited at the Ujazdowski Castle Centre for Contemporary Art in Warsaw; Arsenal Art Gallery in Białystok; Günter Grass Gallery in Gdańsk; Mai Mano House in Budapest; Fotodok in Utrecht. Author of solo exhibitions in the RE – MOCAK Gallery in Cracow; Art Reading Room – Museum in Gliwice; Miejsce przy miejscu Gallery in Wrocław and the Silesian Museum.


2020 Forest Works, Miejsce przy miejscu, Wrocław, PL
2019 Slope Degrees, Silesian Museum, Katowice, PL
2019 11.41. Artefacts, GWS, Opole, PL
2018 Fog, Galeria Szara, Katowice, PL
2018 Extraction, MOCAK, Krakow, PL
2016 Primer, Czytelnia Sztuki, Gliwice, PL
2015 Brutal: Retrospective, Doomed Gallery, London, UK
2014 Brutal: Retrospective, Miejsce przy Miejscu, Wrocław, PL
2013 Brutal: Retrospective, Kordegarda Gallery, Warsaw, PL
2011 Spring (with Michał Dąbrowski), Nizio Gallery, Warsaw, PL
2009 Nikisz, RA Gallery, Kiev, UA
2009 White House, Pauza Gallery, Krakow Photomonth, Krakow, PL
2007 Nikisz, Łódź Art Center, Łódź Photo Festival, Łódź, PL 


2019 POLAND – the state of research, Gallery 18A, Warsaw, PL
2019 Geometry of Imagination, Günter Grass Gallery Gdańsk, Gdańsk, PL
2018 Geometry of Imagination, Mai Mano House, Budapest, HU  
2018 Lost Territories: DELO, RIBOCA, Riga, LV 
2017 Lost Territories: CONTROL, Fotohof, Salzburg, AT 
2017 Lost Territories: PHANTOM, Mystetskyi Arsenal, Kiev, UA 
2017 Lost Territories: The New End, Arsenał Gallery, Białystok, PL 
2016 Lost Territories: SEDIMENT, Center for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw, PL 
2015 Lost Territories, Unseen Photo Fair, Amsterdam, NL 
2015 Hunter, Museum and Art Gallery, FORMAT Festival, Derby, UK 
2014 Psoplaainnd, Museo Lázaro Galdiano, PHotoESPAÑA, Madrid, ES 
2014 Sputnik Photos, FOTODOK, Utrecht, NL
2014 Distant Place, Centquatre, Paris, FR 
2012 Distant Place, Pavilion 512 / Copernicus Science Center, Warsaw, PL 
2011 IS(not), Szara Gallery, Cieszyn, PL
2011 Photo Diploma Award, Słodownia +1 Gallery, Stary Browar, Poznań, PL 
2011 IS(not), Bochenska Gallery, Warsaw, PL 
2011 IS(not), Gallery of Photography, National Museum, Gdańsk, PL 
2011 IS(not), Gerduberg Cultural Center, Reykjavik, IS 
2011 Mio Photo Award, exhibition of finalists, Tennoji MIO, Osaka, JP 
2010 36: Photography of Silesian Students and Graduates of the ITF in Opava, Rondo Sztuki, Katowice, PL
2010 Mio Photo Award, exhibition of finalists, Tennoji MIO, Osaka, JP 
2009 Magnum Expression Award, winners’ exhibition, Javits Center, New York, USA