Martin Kollar is a Slovakian artist, who studied at the Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava, Slovakia. Since graduation, Martin has been working as a freelance photographer and cinematographer.
In the realm of photography, Kollar has received a number of prestigious grants and awards including the 3PPP photography grant, Oscar Barnack Award in Germany and the Backlight Photography Award in Finland. Presented project titled Provisional Arrangement is a series of photographs, enclosed in a fine book. For this body of work, Martin won the 2016 Prix Elysée, what has happened to be a big step forward in the evolution of his career.
Being raised during the Communist era in Czechoslovakia, this period in Slovakia’s history has surely had an impact on Martin’s life. "With the motto, with the Soviet Union for all Eternity – which has been one of my few experiences with eternity... People of my generation fight against the void left behind the abandoned dogmas,” expressed his thoughts Martin. The final body of work Provisional Arrangement questions the concept of temporariness and how we refer to it in today’s modern age, filled with stultifying feeling of insecurity. A world made up of provisional situations and solutions.