Adrian Wojtas

Born 1st March 1996 (Nowy Sącz, Poland)
Website adrianwojtas.com

Adrian Wojtas is a photographer, art director, and filmmaker based in Ireland. He graduated with a BA (Hons) in Photography from IADT Dún Laoghaire in 2017.

Influenced by his bilingual and bicultural upbringing, much of his personal photographic work often deals with themes of ideology, culture, and identity. In his work, Adrian often makes use of carefully selected colour palettes which he utilizes in order to convey the tone and mood of the scene, and to elicit an emotional response in the viewer. In his social documentarian work, by highlighting often mundane daily life situations, he aims to present the viewer with a different view of reality. Seeking authenticity, he tries to give everyday things a new narrative.

Much of his practice is influenced by artist Olafur Eliasson for his immersive colour experience-based work, Sam Youkilis for his visually driven documentation of travel, and also Luigi Ghirri for his playful imagery in the liminal space between reality and fiction.

In 2017, Adrian moved towards filmmaking and has acted as director and cinematographer on two short films. Both films (a short film about filing / More Than This) explore themes of bureaucracy, memory, and isolation, and have received recognition at film festivals across Ireland and internationally.

He has recently been featured in and on the cover of The Photography Ideas Book, published by Tate, and his work has been widely featured both in exhibitions and film festivals throughout Europe. Most recently, he was selected as one of the winners of the 2020 Feature Shoot Emerging Photography Award among other awards. His photography work has been published in F-Stop Magazine, Colossal, Wired Italia and many others.

Publications

Photography books with contribution by Adrian Wojtas

  • 2020 Chromantic: A Tribute to Alex Webb
  • 2019 Tate: The Photography Ideas Book, Lorna Yabsley,  London: Ilex Press, 9781781576663 1

Awards and honours

  • 2020 Honorable Mention, Chromantic, Trieste Photo Days, Italy
  • 2020 3rd Place – Conceptual, 10th Annual International Photography Competition, Florida Museum of Photographic Arts, Tampa, United States
  • 2020 Shortlist – 190th Annual Exhibition, Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin, Ireland
  • 2020 Winner, 2020 Feature Shoot Emerging Photography Awards, New York City, United States
  • 2019 Shortlist – 162nd International Photography Exhibition, The Royal Photographic Society, Bristol, United Kingdom
  • 2018 Winner – Best Experimental Film (‘More Than This’), Hyperfest International Student Film Festival, Bucharest, Romania
  • 2018 Official Selection (‘More Than This’), River Film Festival, Padova, Italy
  • 2017 Student Photographer of the Year, Irish Professional Photographers Association, Dublin, Ireland
  • 2017 Official Selection (‘More Than This’), Ekran, Toronto Polish Film Festival, Toronto, Canada
  • 2017 Official Selection (‘More Than This’), IndieCork Film Festival, Cork, Ireland
  • 2017 Official Selection (‘More Than This’), Kerry Film Festival, Killarney, Ireland
  • 2017 Official Selection (‘a short film about filing’), Early Bird International Student Film Festival, Sofia, Bulgaria
  • 2017 Winner – Best Fiction Film (‘a short film about filing’), Student Cuts International Student Film Festival, Maribor, Slovenia
  • 2017 Highly Commended (‘More Than This’), Inspirational Arts Photography Award, Dublin, Ireland
  • 2017 Longlisted Artist (‘More Than This’), RDS Visual Arts Awards, Dublin, Ireland
  • 2017 Official Selection (‘a short film about filing’), Berlin Student Film Festival, Berlin, Germany
  • 2016 Nominee – Short Film of The Year (‘a short film about filing’), National Student Media Awards (SMEDIAS), Dublin, Ireland
  • 2015 Highly Commended Finalist, Expressions, Longford Art Photography Portrait Competition & Exhibition, Longford, Ireland
  • 2015 Finalist – Open Category, Irish Times Amateur Photographer of the Year Awards, Dublin, Ireland
  • 2015 Student Photographer of the Year, National Photographic Awards, Irish Professional Photographers Association, Dublin, Ireland

Exhibitions

Group exhibitions

  • 2020 139th Annual Exhibition, Royal Ulster Academy of Arts, Belfast, United Kingdom (Group) 2020, Together Apart, Nomel Arts, New York, United States (Group)
  • 2020 10th Annual International Photography Competition, Florida Museum of Photographic Arts, Florida, USA (Group)
  • 2020 100 Views of Contemporary Ireland, The Library Project, Dublin, Ireland (Group)
  • 2020 Feature Shoot Emerging Photography Awards, Aperture Gallery, New York, United States (Group)
  • 2019 About Future, Millepiani, Rome, Italy (Group)
  • 2019 Form 2019, Czong Institute for Contemporary Art, Gimpo-si, South Korea (Group)
  • 2019 Interior, Planet Flow Gallery, Berlin, Germany (Group)
  • 2018 One Year Revolv, Safehouse 1, London, United Kingdom (Group)
  • 2018 Sights & Sounds: Ireland Today, Dupont Underground, Washington D.C., United States (Group) 2018, Peripheral Visions, PH21 Gallery, Budapest, Hungary (Group)
  • 2017 RE:VIEW, The Complex, Dublin, Ireland (Group)
  • 2017 SPARKS International Student Cuts, FASS Art Gallery, Sabancı University, Istanbul, Turkey (Group)
  • 2017 Street Feasts, dlr LexIcon, Dún Laoghaire, Ireland (Group)
  • 2017 Social Inclusion Week, County Hall, Dún Laoghaire, Ireland (Group)
  • 2017 SURVEYOR, Solstice Arts Centre, Meath, Ireland (Group)
  • 2017 Graduate Exhibition, IADT Dún Laoghaire, Dublin, Ireland (Group)
  • 2016 Expressions, Backstage Theatre, Longford, Ireland (Group)
  • 2015 Expressions, Cruthú Arts Festival, Longford, Ireland (Group)
  • 2015 Ode to Crept, Steambox, Dublin, Ireland (Group)

Projects

  • Sonder (2015)
    Sonder (noun) – The realization that every random passer-by is living a life as vivid and complex as your own – a life with all the same ambition, anxiety, passion and vibrance – and a life in which you may appear just once, if only for a moment.
    Inspired by this definition, I created a series of images in the style of familiar snapshots, in which I play a background role in the everyday lives of strangers. 2

Works

  1. Tate: The Photography Ideas Book, Lorna Yabsley,  London: Ilex Press, 9781781576663 https://www.octopusbooks.co.uk/titles/lorna-yabsley/tate-the-photography-ideas-book/9781781576663/
  2. Sonder http://adrianwojtas.com/work/sonder