Krzysztof Miękus

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Born in Warsaw (1975), photographer, curator, critic, lecturer. Graduate from Philosophy of the University of Warsaw, Studium Fotografii ZPAF (School of Photography of the Polish Association of Artists Photographers) and Szkola Reportazu Collegium Civitas (School of Reportage of the Collegium Civitas).

From 2003 – 2006 editor and editor in chief of Pozytyw magazine – the prime Polish monthly magazine concerned with documentary and art photography. Member of ZPAF (Polish Association of Artists Photographers) since 2006.

Curated numerous exhibitions including Update. Review of new Polish photography – a multimedia project commissioned by Krakow’s Photomonth (Poland); Teraz Polska group exhibition (32 contemporary Polish photographers); 20 exhibitions included in Transfotografia 2007 festival and shows made for Yours Gallery: eg. Andrzej Kramarz & Weronika Lodzinska Home; Klavdij Sluban Other Shores; Krzysztof Pruszkowski La Lecture; James Whitlow Delano Mangaland; Tomas Munita Kabul – Going out of Shadow.

Krzysztof Miekus is staff lecturer at the European Academy of Photography in Warsaw since 2004.
He published (with writer / journalist Adam Leszczynski) a book concerning the cultural, economical and social background of the HIV / AIDS epidemic in Africa – Naznaczeni – Afryka i AIDS (Warszawa, TRIO 2003).

Krzysztof Miekus has been collaborating with Photo Sittcomm Award, Rencontres Internationales de la Photographie in Arles, Sirius Arts Centre (Ireland), Zacheta National Gallery (Warsaw), Gazeta Wyborcza (Poland).

Grantee of the Asia-Europe Fundation (2007) and Visegrad Fund (2008).

Inhabited Land (2003 – 2008)

The world seems full of signs but void of meaning. People have this astonishing tendency to treat the earth as it was a writable material, on which they can leave their signatures.

Inhabited Land is a project about the massive signs left by humans in landscape.

Some of them are so mysterious that they could have been left by some extraterrestrial civilization. Others however look strikingly banal. The photographer thus works as an archeologist of modernity. He tries to expose these objects / places in order to understand them or at least look at them from an anthropological or semiotical point of view.

If we imagine that in a few centuries all written information is lost about our civilization and all that will be discovered are these images of structures built by humans living in the 20th and 21st centuries, one will be probably confronted with the necessity of guessing what was the meaning or sense of these. Why red lines on the ground ? Why these concrete forms in the field ? What all these signs mean and what meaning they had for people who installed them ?

Human shaped landscape seems extremely mysterious when looked at from a distance.

Contact : krzysztof.miekus(at)gmail.com

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