Sarko Mutafyan is a documentary photographer based in England. His projects have a heavy focus on his upbringing in Eastern Europe, and proceed to deconstruct the socio-political and domestic environments that exist within the region. Sarko's work further expands on themes of cultural dissociation, family matters and border territories through the use of multimedia approaches.
/ EDUCATION & TRAINING
'Looking East: Photography in Central
and Eastern Europe in the 1930s - 90s'
run by The Photographer's Gallery, London
Recipient of TPG's DEVELOP Bursary for the Looking East Course
Visual Storytelling Trainee,
run by Magnum Photos & A New Direction
@ London, UK
2014 - 2017
@ University of Portsmouth, UK
/ PUBLICATIONS & FEATURES
2020/2021 (Ongoing) МИР/ Essarter Editions Tri-Regional Open Call w/
Sofia Yala Rodrigues, Krasimira Butseva, Guillaume Chauvin and Ziad Naitaddi
Panacea Castle Edition, publication by Aether/ Stuttgart, Germany
There is No Place Big Enough, zine w/ Revolv Collective
I Need a Room, zine w/ Transparent Domain & Elena-Andreea Teleaga
Please Mind The Flash, zine w/ Visual Storytelling, Tate Design & It's Nice That
Lenscratch 2020 Online Showcase, Lecture in Progress, Turf Projects Blog,
The Newspaper Club, Then There Was Us, The Eye of Photography,
Night of Museums and Galleries Plovdiv
Closure Magazine, Spectrum Lab,
Photograd, Splash & Grab
/ AWARDS & NOMINATIONS
Selected Recipient of TPG's DEVELOP Bursary for the Looking East Course
Selected for Fujifilm and Magnum Photos 'HOME' Portfolio Reviews
Nominated for the Genesis Imaging Postgraduate Bursary Award
Nominated for the APHE Photo Meet Bursary
2020 Showcase, @ Shoreditch Digital Canvas, Old Street, London, UK
2019 Please Mind The Flash!, Visual Storytelling @ Hoxton Arches, London, UK.
2018 One Year Anniversary, Revolv Collective, @ Safehouse 1, London, UK.
2017 Night of Museums and Galleries 2017, @ Gallery PLOVEDIV, Bulgaria.
2017 Transient, @ Menier Gallery, London, UK.
/ ADDITIONAL SUPPORT
Barbican Art Gallery & The Curve, Barbican Centre, London
Front of House, Invigilation, Host for 4 Exhibitions
Masculinities: Liberation Through Photography
Into The Night: Cabarets and Clubs in Modern Art
Lee Krasner: Living Colour
Trevor Paglen: From Apple to Anomaly
Artists Open Houses
Phoenix Art Space, Brighton (may)
London Art Fair
Business Design Centre, London (january)
Supported the event's development, the visitors,
exhibitors and programmes for both events.
Aspex Gallery, Portsmouth
Assisted in curation installation & gallery research,
+ Visual Support for Marketing and Promotion.