Patryk Stasieczek is an LGBTQ visual artist living between Montréal, Quèbec, and Vancouver, British Colombia, Canada. He was the director and co-curator of Gallery 295 in Vancouver, BC, an exhibition space that focused on emerging photographic practices and discourses. He is part-time faculty at Concordia University and previously held a sessional faculty position at Emily Carr University of Art Design. His practice frames the photographic as an iterative and transdisciplinary subject oriented through the embodied arms of curation, installation, documentation, and education. He has exhibited nationally and abroad, showcasing work at Centre Clark (CA), at Soil Gallery (USA), Access Gallery (CA), Galerie Les Territoires (CA), Charles H. Scott Gallery (CA), Eastern Bloc (CA), FIELD Contemporary (CA), Interstitial (USA), and the FOFA Gallery (CA). A selected Canadian finalist for Flash Forward’s 2017 emerging photography competition, in 2015 he was nominated for Henry Art Gallery’s BRINK award. His work was also featured as the cover for Hong-Kong based Pipeline Magazine’s 2014 Juried Photography Issue.
Patryk Stasieczek phrases photographic objects and installations as an investigation in the stages of image production, working through an orientation of photography as a method of queering image space and experience. In his practice, he understands the photographic trough versed technical and interdisciplinary methodologies that are articulated through the lenses of photographic education and curation. His practice looks towards the interdisciplinary and pluralistic nature of the photographic medium and understands the image as a documentation of media-forms tied to their contemporary usage and dissemination. His research surveys the photographic act as an extension of the body and as a manifestation of perceptual, material, and phenomenological limitations. Through his praxis he positions the photographic document as a construction of light, colour, and form, and recursively builds on a foundation of analogue approaches of colour photography amplified as a queer embodiment of photographic technologies.