My name is Mihai Sovaiala and I was born in 1993 in Brașov, Romania.
I am currently based in Leipzig, Germany, where I study photography in
within the Meisterschüler program at Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst,
under Prof. Joachim Brohm. In 2016 I receive a BFA degree in photography
at the National University of Arts in Bucharest.
My artistic interests lie at the border between conceptual and documentary photography. In my practice I tend to draw attention to problematic aspects of recent history, stories that 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 in within the subject matters. Thus concluding some of my projects with installations or performative acts which reflects upon the subject from a more objective 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, which later on I translate them either through a fictional or purely documentary work. My work assumes specific forms in exhibition spaces and books, which some of them I self-publish in limited editions. The book objects, reformulated and free from conventions, offer another key to understanding the work.
T: +40 747 934 508
Education2017 - 2019     Meisterschüler an der Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst, Leipzig, Prof. Joachim Brohm
Group Exhibitions2018     4m3 part of Rights at Tranzit Gallery, Iasi, RO
Contributions and Publications2018     What Remains published in KAJET Issue 2, Magazine
Awards2018     shortlisted at It's a Book, Leipzig, DE