Rafał Milach, acclaimed Polish photographer, curator and author of various books, graduated from Academy of Fine Arts in Katowice and Institute of Creative Photography at the Silesian University in Opava, Czech Republic, where he currently works as a lecturer.
In his ten-year artistic practice, Rafał deals mostly with themes dedicated to the transformation of the Russian-speaking countries and Central and Eastern Europe. Presented body of work, titled 7 rooms, is an outcome of his six-year wandering through three Russian cities.
Frosty land of Moscow, Yekaterinburg and Krasnoyarsk, a hometown of the characters photographed by Rafał, became a hazy, dreamy background of the series. Devoting his own money, time and involvement, the artist followed vicissitudes of life of seven individuals. He spend with them six years, at that time exploring their peculiar identity.
Liza Faktor, a visual documentary producer and curator describes the project in the words: „Milach’s search is the kind which is almost impossible to visualize. And yet, what he has here, in this book, is a fascinating and subtle journey into the loss of direction, into the sad and beautiful connection with our country. You would be surprised that in all the richness of the Russian language, where there is a separate word for everything, the word ‘country’ means both the territory and the government…”