Jan Jurczak (b. 1996 in Kraków) - visual artist and activist involved in activities with communities based on building relationships, trust and working through trauma. His practise is rooted in engaged photography.

Jan has been visiting communities in the Ukrainian conflict zone since 2017. In 2018 he cocreated a support center located in the suburbs of Donetsk. In 2020, Jan has started organising activities for children from Centres for Foreigners in Poland. He cocreated Birds of Poland project with Łuków Center community. Jan has been cooperating with the Krakow City and Nacional Science Centre (NCN) with projects such as No for Plastic, How emotions and values relate to river stewardship in rural areas. Jan co-curates Naga Gallery events. He climbs since childhood years.


Education:

Institute of Creative Photography in Opava, Czech Republic (2019-ongoing)

AMA DOP Masterclass (2020-2021)

Sputnik Photos Mentorship Programme (2017-2018)

Institute of Philosophy and Sociology of the Pedagogical University of Krakow, Poland (courses; 2017–2018)

Solo Exhibitions:

2019 — Talent of the Year / PIX.HOUSE Gallery / Poznań

2019 — When the War is Not Over / Nośna Gallery / Kraków

Selected Group Exhibitions and Events:

2021 — Xprint / PIX.HOUSE / Poznań / Poland

2021 — PHOTO-MATCH / Łódź Fotofestiwal / Poland

2021 — Odesa Photo Days 2021 Main Expo / Museum of Modern Art / Odessa / Ukraine

2021 — Wystaw się w CSW / Znaki Czasu. Centrum Sztuki Współczesnej / Toruń / Poland

2020 — NIGDY NIE BĘDZIESZ SZŁA SAMA | wystawa – strajk kobiet / Galeria Labirynt / Lublin / Poland

2020 — Warsaw Gallery Weekend 2020: Pandemic consequence: dreams / Galeria Serce Człowieka / Warszawa / Poland

2020 — Artinfo.pl auction for Belarus / Poland

2020 — Ostatnie takie lato / Dom Publiczny / Warszawa / Poland

2020 — Noorderlicht Photo Festival 2020: Generation Z / Netherlands

2020 — Plat(t)form 2020 / Fotomuseum Winterthur / Switzerland

2019 — ShowOFF Section / Krakow Photomonth / Poland

2019 — Portfolio Days & Night / Centre National de l’Audiovisue / Luxembourg

Grants and awards:

2021 — Krakow City Art Scholarship Program / laureate

2021 — How emotions and values relate to river stewardship in rural areas - Nacional Science Centre (NCN) Grant

2020 — No! For Plastic, Innovative management of plastics - the voice of various stakeholders - project financed by the Jagiellonian University, the Marshal's Office in Krakow and Krakow Scientific Conferences

2020 — Krytyka Polityczna Solidarity Program / laureate

2020 — Ian Parry Scholarship / shortlist

2019 — Konrad Pustoła Scholarship / laureate

2018 — The EPF Fujifilm/Young Talent Award 2018 / shortlist

2018 — Krzysztof Miler’s contest / finalist

2018 — Grand Press Photo 2018 / finalist

Residencies, workshops:

2020 — O demokracji. 20 lekcji z XX wieku / MOCAK, Kraków

2020 — United ISSP and Baltic Analog Lab NATURAL PHENOMENA

2019 — World Press Photo Joop Swart Masterclass / nomination

2019 — Strefa Wolnosłowa

2019 — Blowphoto Fuse residency

Selected Publications, Interviews and Features:

Polish:
2021 — 7 NEW EAST ARTISTS WORTH FOLLOWING / Contemporary Lynx

2020 — Magazyn Szum / Rozmowa z galerią Nagą

2020 — Krytyka Polityczna/ Ptaki Polski

2020 — Miej Miejsca / Skutki Pandemii: Sny

2020 — Ostatnie Takie Lato link1link2link3

2020 — Nowy Teatr / Grupa Warszawska

2020 — MSN Home Office / Nic nowego

2020 — Zwykłe Życie / Pracując, wpadam w trans

2020 — Radio RDC / Popołudnie RDC: wystawa „Gatunek: brat. Jak unicestwić?”

2020 — Wiza-Vis Journal

2020 — MOCAK

2019 — TVP1 / Magazyn Ekspresu Reporterów

2019 — Gazeta Wyborcza

2019 — Kultura u Podstaw / rozmowa z Michałem Sitą

2019 — Przekrój / Recenzja Miesiąca Fotografii w Krakowie

2019 — Trójka / Teren Kultura / Rozmowa z Agnieszką Obszańską

2018 — Radio Kraków / rozmowa z Anną Piekarczyk i Grzegorzem Barnasikiem

2018 — RMF FM / rozmowa z Grzegorzem Jasińskim

2018 — Dziennik Polski / rozmowa z Katarzyną Rodacką

2018 — Fotopolis

English:

2020 — The Times

2020 — Kajet Journal Issue 4

2020 — EEP Berlin - Work in Progress / Conversation with Maya Hristova

2019 — GUP Magazine

2019 — Calvert Journal

2019 — PH Museum

2019 — FK Magazine

2019 — The Hidden Photo

2019 — EEP Berlin / conversation with Stanislav Yaketerynin

2018 — British Journal of Photography / best of 2018 by Rafal Milach

2018 — Fresh From Poland / interview by Milena Soporowska

German:

2020 — Kwerfeldein -Neue Positionen in der polnischen Fotografie

Russian:

2019 — Bird in Flight / conversations with Alina Sandulyak

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