Curator: Dorota Jarecka



Rafał Milach


9.12.2019 – 2.02.2020

The Rafał Milach exhibition at Warsaw’s Galeria Studio can be seen as a double narrative. On one level Milach describes and arranges visual manifestations of public protests in Poland since 2016; on another level he reflects on his own participation as a grassroots activist. Rafał Milach (1978) is a photographer and visual artist. He is a co-founder of the Sputnik Photos collective and a Magnum Photos Nominee Member. Milach recently founded the internet platform Archive of Public Protests with contributions from Agata Kubis, Adam Lach, Chris Niedenthal, Wojciech Radwański and Paweł Starzec. Its purpose is to document protests, demonstrations and marches, and the collection will eventually enter into the public domain. The Archive of Public Protests will be launched during the exhibition. One of the pieces presented is Seeding, a collaboration with photographer Karolina Gembara. It was inspired by the wave of demonstrations against restrictions on women’s rights in Poland throughout 2017 and 2018. Currently Rafał Milach and Maciej Pisuk are working on a graphic novel about a self-immolation that took place in Warsaw on October 19, 2017. Rafał Milach captures the street and events that unfold there. Oscillations depicts the emotions that emanate from the crowd: anger and enthusiasm, hope and despair. Milach also asks what change mass protests might bring about, and if it is possible at present to build a functioning community out of groups that act spontaneously and under the sway of emotion.

Curated by Dorota Jarecka

Events programme:

December 9, 2019, at 7 PM, Opening

December 10, 2019, at 5 – 6:30 PM, artist’s talk at the exhibition by Rafał Milach

January 13, 2020, at 6 PM, a presentation of the Archive of Public Protests with Agata Kubis, Chris Niedenthal, Rafał Milach, Paweł Starzec

January 20, 2020, at 4 – 8 PM, How to communicate with awareness – workshops hosted by Anna Hejda

January 27, 2020, at 6 PM, artist’s talk at the exhibition by Rafał Milach

The exhibition is part of the initiative “Anti-Fascist Year”

Partners: Sputnik Photos, Galeria Jednostka, Holy-Art

Exhibition hours: Tuesday to Sunday, 11 AM – 7 PM

Exhibition continues until February 2, 2020

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