Rafał Milach among 4 nominees for the annual Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize 2018

Exhibition at the Photographers' Gallery.


Until 3 June
The Photographers' Gallery
16-18 Ramillies Street
London W1F 7LW
Free admission before 12.00 every day
Exhibition Day Pass £4 (£2.50 Concessions)
Advance Online Booking £2.50

Nominated for his exhibition Refusal (Atlas Sztuki Gallery, Lodz,
Poland 12 May – 18 June 2017), Rafal Milach’s project focuses on the
applied sociotechnical systems of governmental control and the
ideological manipulations of belief and consciousness. Focusing on
post-Soviet countries such as Belarus, Georgia, Ukraine, Azerbaijan
and Poland, Milach traces the mechanisms of propaganda and their
visual representation in architecture, urban projects and objects.

The exhibition features a variety of different material and visual
layers that ultimately represent these systems of control and
manipulation. These include photographs of handmade objects found in
governmental centres and chess schools that produce optical illusions
and whose innocent disposition is fundamentally changed as they
exemplify how the human mind can be influenced and controlled. As
well, there will be screenings of Soviet television programmes showing
social experiments, various state-run competitions and more recent
propaganda raps about social moral and national pride. These further
exemplify the universal processes employed to format and shift
meanings that serve governmental objectives.

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