Mihai Șovăială

My name is Mihai Șovăială and I was born in 1993 in Brașov, Romania. I am currently based in Leipzig, Germany, where I study photography within the Meisterschüler program at Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst, under Prof. Joachim Brohm. In 2016 I have receive a BFA in photography at the National University of Arts in Bucharest under the guidance of Prof. Iosif Király.

My artistic interests are located at the border between conceptual and documentary photography. In my practice I tend to draw attention to problematic aspects of recent history, stories that have already established in the collective memory, or neglected narratives passed in uncertain realities. Having my projects based on research, my focus is also determined by my personal experiences within the subject matter. Thus concluding some of my projects with installations or performative acts which reflects upon the subject from a subjective perspective. Another important theme of my practice is the use of archives. Whether photographic or textual, once the archive is decontextualized generate new meanings and forms of appreciation. My work assumes specific forms in exhibition spaces and books, which some of them I self-publish in limited editions. The books offers another key to understanding the work.

T +40 747 934 508
E sovaialamihai@gmail.com


2017 - 2020 Meisterschüler an der Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst, Leipzig, Prof. Joachim Brohm
2013 - 2016 BFA at National University of Arts, Bucharest, Photography and Video

Group Exhibitions

2019 The neighbours thought it was a science lab, part of Moderne. Ikonografie. Fotografie - Das Bauhaus und die Folgen 1919 - 2019 at Kunstmuseum kloster unser lieben frauen, Magdeburg, DE
2019 Reacknowledged Structures: Models, part of Circulation(s) at Rezidenta BRD, Scena 9, Bucharest, RO
2019 Reacknowledged Structures: Models, part of Circulation(s) at 104 Centquatre, Paris, FR
2019 4m3 at 2m3 Project Space, Brussels, BE
2018 What Remains, part of L’angle du hasard IV at Pop Up Gallery, Wien, AT
2018 Eșantion #2, part of Landschaft at Fotogalerie Wien, AT
2018 Nothing was touched, just recorded, part of Genau Da! at FO.KU.S Gallery, Stadtforum, Innsbruck, AT
2018 On a false track at GapGap, Leipzig, DE
2018 In den Himmel gegangen, part of PPM#3 at AiciAcolo Pop Up Gallery, Cluj, RO
2018 4m3, part of Rights at Tranzit Gallery, Iasi, RO
2017 4m3 at Alert Studio, Bucharest, RO
2017 A Displaced Portrait, part of FOUND&LOST at Float Gallery, Athens, GR
2017 Production Ares, part of RAUMKONZEPTE at Fotogalerie Wien, AT
2017 Garana 20 at Moebius Gallery, Bucharest, RO
2016 Eșantion, part of D-Platform at Galeria Posibila, Bucharest, RO
2016 Dealul Melcilor, part of The Factory of Facts and Other (Unspoken) Stories at Plan-B Gallery, Cluj, RO
2016 Reacknowledged Structures: Models at AnnArt Gallery, Bucharest, RO
2016 Reacknowledged Structures: Models, part of Biennale of Contemporary Photography and Dynamic Image, at Cupola Gallery, Iasi, RO
2016 What Remains, part of Safe Perimeter at Make a Point, Bucharest, RO
2015 După cumpărături, part of City for Sale at Zpatiu, Kishinev, MD
2014 Production Areas at UNAgaleria, Bucharest, RO

Contributions and Publications

2019 Reacknowledged Structures: Models article published online by The Calvert Journal
2019 După cumpărături published in KAJET Issue 3, Magazine
2018 Nothing was touched, just recorded published in Genau Da! by FotoHof Edition, Exhibition Catalog
2018 What Remains published in KAJET Issue 2, Magazine
2018 Production Areas published in BKN Issue 5, Magazine
2017 Reacknowledged Structures: Models published in Membrana Issue 3, Magazine
2017 A Displaced Portrait published in FOUND&LOST, Zine, VOID Publishing
2017 Garana Jazz Festival 20 published by Jazz Banat Cultural Foundation
2017 Broken Vertebra published in GR-02092017 by SKREID Publishing
2016 What Remains published in Safe Perimeter by P+4 Publications

Awards and Grants

2019 Salzburg Summer Academy, Erste Stiftung Grants, Salzburg, AT
2018 Centrul de Fotografie Documentara Grants, Bucharest, RO
2018 Shortlisted at It's a Book, Leipzig, DE
2017 Shortlisted at Unseen Dummy Award, Amsterdam, NL
2017 Best photography book, prize offered by The most beautiful books from Romania, Bucharest, RO
2016 Young designer, prize offered by The most beautiful books from Romania, Bucharest, RO


BTV Stadtforum, FO.KU.S Foto Kunst Galerie