Tomasz Laczny

Tomasz Laczny is British/Polish visual artist, bookmaker and educator.

In his work, he concentrates on photographic series, artist's books, site-specific installations.
He continuously experiments with creating photographic images, and recently,
with historical photographic processes. He also uses archives extensively which is the starting point for his research-based projects. His subject of interest is mainly memory and how memory is shaped by time and history. In his practice, he also explores the notion of identity in a context of a micro-scale like family stories as much as on the level of nations. His projects deal with traumatic experiences of individuals, whole countries but also trauma on a transgenerational level. Displacement and separation play an important part in his work. Recently his concentration shifted from the past and history towards the future and, particularly, how the future is reflected in the past.

In his installation works, he plays with layering, appearance and disappearance, doubling and metamorphosis. An important part of his practice is also drawing and the use of narration.

Laczny completed his MA at the Academy of Fine Arts in Wroclaw, Poland. He studied art, design and philosophy.

He has published five books that have been recipients of numerous awards and exhibitions. His work has been featured in the British Journal of Photography and other magazines. His recently published photobook “Erna Helena Ania'' is part of the MoMA library collection.

He lives and works in London, UK.




Books/catalogues:

2021 "Erna Helena Ania" -- published by Blow Up Press/self-published 

2018 "Disappearance" -- self-published

2018 Manifesto exhibition catalogue, Toulouse, France

2018 "Almost True" -- published by Void

2017 Kolga Photo Festival catalogue

2016 "Cul De Sac" -- self-published

2016 "40/place which does not exist" -- self-published


Awards/grants:

2021 Tokyo International Foto Awards’ Book/Fine Art category silver winner

2021 International Photobook Award Finalist

2021 International Photographers of the year Awards bronze medal in the book/fine art category.

2021 Jerwood/Photoworks Awards -- longlisted

2021 The Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation Grant

2021 Grand Prix Images Vevey 2021 shortlist

2021 London Creative Network (LCN) grantee

2021 GOMMA Grant --shortlist

2021 Contemporary Lynx Academy mentorship grant 

2020 BUP book award winner

2020 Reminders Photography Stronghold Grant, Tokyo, Japan, winner

2020 Adam Mickiewicz Institute Grant

2020 The Denis Roussel Award, 2020 outstanding work  

2019 GOMMA Grant --shortlist

2018 Dummy Award Kassel competition – shortlist

2018 Self Publish Riga-- shortlist

2018 Manifesto, Toulouse, France -- finalist

2018 Adam Mickiewicz Institute Grant 

2017 Athens Photo Festival Shortlist

2017 Kolga Photo Festival Finalist

2017 Vienna Photo Book Award Finalist

2016 Dummy Award Kassel competition -- honourable mention


Solo exhibitions:

2022 Reminders Photography Stronghold, Tokyo Japan (upcoming)

2021 Bildbandem, Berlin, Germany 

2020 Studio Spiral, Grenoble, France 

2019 Paperlust Festival, Process, Galeria Apteka, Krakow, Poland

2018 Manifesto, Toulouse, France

2018 Zonoteka Berlin,Germany

2017 Fotobuch 2017, Forum fur Fotografie, Special Guest, Cologne Germany

2016 LePlac’Art Photo Paris France


Group Exhibitions:

2019 Art BookFair Tokyo

2018 Manifesto,Toulouse, France

2018 Zentralbibliothekim Kulturpalast, Dresden

2018 Photography Seminar, Nida

2018 Photobookweek, Aarhus

2018 Internationale Photoszene, Koln

2018 Organvida Festival, Zagreb

2018 Photo Legendo(Officine Fotografiche Roma) Rome

2018 IED, Madrid

2018 Triennial of Photography, Dichtorhallen, Hamburg

2018 Kassel Photobook Festival, Documenta Halle

2018 PhotoIreland – The Library Project, Dublin

2017 Tabernacle Gallery“Mythologies”, London, UK

2017 Athens Photo Festival Photobook Exhibition

2017 Kolga Photo Festival, Tbilisi, Georgia,

2017 Format Festival, Derby

2016 Photobook Week Aarhus, Galleri Image

2016 Encontrosda Imagem, Braga

2016 OrganVida Festival,Zagreb

2016 Fotogalleriet, Oslo

2016 PhotoIreland, Dublin

2016 Fotoleggendo, Rome

2016 8.FotobookfestivalKassel / Beijing

2015 Hundred YearsGallery, London


Residencies:

2018 Zonoteka Gallery, Berlin, Germany


Publications about:

2021 PhMuseum

2021 Blind Magazine

2021 Discarded Magazine

2021 GUP no70

2021 kuluturaupodstaw.pl

2021 5ruedu.fr

2021 Le blog de Fabien Ribery

2021 Contemporary Lynx 

2020 Colin Pantall's Blog 

2020 Halogenure Magazine 

2018 Almost True Void

2018 Burn Magazine

2017 Kolga Photo Festival catalog

2017 F-Stop MagazineLove issue

2017 prism 25.6 Disappearance

2017 British Journal ofPhotography

2016 Contemporary Lynx 


Projections:

2018 Temps Zero Athens

2016 Leica Store Kyoto

2015 Hamburg PhotographyTrienale


Teaching Experience:

2021 Handmade Photobook Workshop, London UK

2021 Online Photobookmaking Workshop, Online

2021 Handmade Photobook Workshop, London UK

2020 Handmade Photobook Workshop Gallery st Cyprien, Toulouse, France

2018 Handmade Photobook Workshop, London UK

2018 Creating handmade photobook workshop, London UK

2017 Visual Storytelling workshop, Refugee camps near Tindouf, Algeria


Interviews:

2021 kuluturaupodstaw.pl

2021 Contemporary Lynx 

2020 Colin Pantall's Blog

2020 Halogenure Magazine 


Talks:

2021 “Erna Helena Ania” Bildbandem, Berlin, Germany (upcoming) 

2021 Reminders Photography Stronghold – Personal Point of View online 

2020 “Erna Helena Ania” – online talk organise by Blow Up Press

2020 “Erna Helena Ania” – online talk exhibiton In Grenoble France


Internships:

2017 Anders Petersen Lab


Collections:

MoMA library "Erna Helena Ania."



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