Jan Jurczak (b. 1996 in Krakow) - photographer and activist.

Jurczak's practise combines activism and participatory, creative activities. Since 2017 Jan has been visiting Ukrainian communities located near the frontlines in the eastern portions of the country. He was involved in creating a support centre in Avdiivka, Donbas; distributing humanitarian help and conducting fund-risers for people in Donbas. In 2020 Jurczak has started cooperating with Chechen minority in Polish Centres for Foreigners creating Polish Birds project in collaboration with Pamela Bożek. He also co-curates Naga Gallery events.

Jan climbs with his friends and likes his Fiat and bike.


Education:

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

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:

2020 — Artinfo.pl auction for Belarus / Poland

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

2020 — Ostatnie takie lato / Dom Publiczny / Poland

2020 — Noorderlicht Photo Festival 2020: Generation Z / Netherlands

2020 — Odessa Photodays main exhibition / Ukraine

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:

2020 — Krytyka Polityczna Solidarity Program / laureate

2020 — Member of Konrad Pustoła Scholarship Jury

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, programs, workshops:

2020 — Conducting workshops: 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

2017-2018 — Sputnik Photos Mentorship Programme

Selected Publications, Interviews and Features:

Polish:

2020 — Magazyn Szum / Rozmowa z galerią Nagą

2020 — Krytyka Polityczna/ Ptaki Polski

2020 — Miej Miejsca / Skutki Pandemii: Sny

2020 — Ostatnie Takie Lato link1, link2, link3

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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