The First March of Gentlemen, Wrzesnia. Poland. 2017.

by Rafal milach




The First March of Gentlemen, Wrzesnia. Poland. 2017. by Rafal Milach.


6″ x 6″ Magnum Square print

Fuji Crystal Archival Matte paper

Signed on verso by Rafal Milach

Mint condition

In a sealed protective envelope

*Please note that the glossiness of the envelope might have caused some glare in the pictures

Statement from Rafal Milach on the back of print "The First March of Gentlemen, Wrzesnia. Poland. 2017."

"The First March of Gentlemen is a fictitious narration composed of authentic stories. Historical events related to the town of Wrzesnia came to be the starting point for reflection on protest and disciplinary mechanisms. In the series of collages, the reality of 1950s Poland ruled by the communists blends with the memory of the Wrzesnia children strike from the beginning of the 20th century. The project includes archive photos of Wrzesnia by lifelong resident and photographer Ryszard Szczepaniak. Making critical statements about violation of human rights and all sorts of discrimation is the citizen's and artist's duty. Taking a position can be manifested in various layers and scales, from activism to small daily life gestures. As an artist and citizen I try to contribute to the discourse with all the tools I have and try to make use of my visual skills to support protest culture."

Artist Bio

Rafal Milach’s work explores themes of history and transformation. Particularly within the former Soviet bloc. He uses a myriad of mediums such as photography, conceptual art, books, video and curation. Though, he initially tackled subjects through a traditional documentary perspective, his later projects draw on a more conceptual approach. Milach was born in 1978 in Poland. And grew up during the collapse of the Soviet bloc. He studied graphic design at the Academy of Fine Arts in Katowice, Poland. Before ‘falling in love’ with photography the first time he picked up a camera. Later, Milach studied at the ITF Institute of Creative Photography of the Silesian University in Opava, Czech Republic. Currently, he is a lecturer there. His works have been widely exhibited in Poland. And also worldwide, and can be found in the collections of the MoMA Warsaw, CCA Ujazdowski Castle in Warsaw, the ING Polish Art Foundation, Kiyosato, the Museum of Photographic Arts (Japan), and Brandts in Odense (Denmark). Milach joined Magnum as a Nominee in 2018.

Related Links

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