Paweł Jaśkiewicz was born in 1991. He received a Bachelor at the University of Arts in Poznan, a city in Poland where he actually lives. While studying, he also completed the exchange program at Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London.
He photographed under the guidance of Magnum photographers Antoine D’agata and Jacob Aue Sobol at the Magnum Workshop Tokyo, which led to having his work exhibited with Magnum. Since then, Paweł’s photographic works have been exhibited through Germany and Poland.
His approach is intuitive, making photography a medium that allows him to relate with the environment while getting to know its real core instead of assuming the rules that governate it.
About ‘The Simplified Topography of Malta’ – words by ‘Pawel Starzec’:
Isolated by the surrounding sea, Malta is one of the smallest countries in the world, even considered a city-state by international standards. The sheer beauty of its location balances the small size out; Malta, in fact, is one of the most popular tourist destinations. Working in a reverse engineering kind of way in comparison to other documentary projects, Jaśkiewicz finds the subject of his works by walking, not researching. This intuitive approach produces photographs that avoid imposing arbitrarily established meaning or thesis upon documented places; in fact, elements of Maltan topography became a non-documentary story about the daily life of this small country. Desolated and clear of people, it makes us study the relationship between the stern nature of the sea surrounding the island, and those humans living there. The crossing point between the artificial creations of humans and nature became then the focal point of the series.