© Andrej Balco 2017. All rights reserved

Education

2001 – 2010 Master’s degree in photography at the Institute of Creative Photography, Faculty of Philosophy and Science at the Silesian University in Opava, Czech Republic
1993 – 1998 Master’s degree in social sciences at the Faculty of Social Work, Trnava University, Trnava, Slovak Republic

Grants & Awards 

2011 Journalist prize 2010: Best journalism in category best photo journalism, Bratislava, Slovak Republic
2009 Special prize for work titled Domésticas at GRAND PRIX FOTOFESTIWAL 2009, 8th International Festival of photography in Lodz, Poland 

2009 Fresh M.I.L.K. Photography competition, winner in category „Family, Friendship, Lovers & Laughter”, Auckland, New Zealand
2007 Czech Press Photo: 1st prize in the portrait category, Prague, Czech Republic
2007 Frame 007: 1st prize in category Dependance, Brno, Czech Republic
2006 Participated in IPRN photography competition Changing Faces, Rio de Janeiro – Niteroi, Brazil 
2006 Frame 006: 1st prize in the Travel category, Brno, Czech Republic
2005 Mio Photo Awards: Juror's Award (Shimao Shinzo), Osaka, Japan
2004 PhotoDocument.sk: photography commission of Vaculik Advertising,Bratislava, Slovak Republic
2004 Mio Photo Awards: final selection, Osaka, Japan
2002 Czech Press Photo: honorary merit, Prague, Czech Republic

Exhibitions 

Solo exhibitions (major ones):

2014 Domésticas Plus/Places, Kysuce Gallery, Oščadnica, Slovak Republic
2013 Domésticas Plus, City Museum Pezinok, Pezinok, Slovak Republic
2012 Domésticas Plus, Central European House of Photography, Bratislava, Slovak Republic
2011 Antracit, Gallery Café Amadeus, Olomouc, Czech Republic
2010 Domésticas, Fotofest Košice 2010, Slovenské technické múzeum, Slovak Republic
2009 Domésticas, Gallery Fiducia, Ostrava, Czech Republic
Domésticas, Grand Prix fotofestiwal 2009 at 8th International Festival of photography in Lodz, Poland
2008 Domésticas, Leica Gallery Prague, Czech Republic
Domésticas, Dom fotografie / House of Photography, Liptovský Mikuláš, Slovak Republic
2007 Selection of photogrpahs from SUBURBS and SUNDAY WISHES projects,Gallery Opera Myrona, Ostrava, Czech Republic
2006 Suburbs, Kino Art Gallery, Brno, Czech Republic
2003 Photographs , 113 Gallery, Bialystok, Poloand
2001 Pohoda 2001, Festival of Photography, Pezinok, Slovak Republic

Group exhibitions (major ones):
2011 East / Kaunas Photography Gallery, Lithuania
2010 “U“ by Sputnik Photos, Central European House of Photography, Bratislava, Slovak  Republic
2009 New Slovak Photography, Prague Biennale, Praha, Czech Republic
2008 New Slovak Photography, Budapest, Hungary
2008 Suburbs NOORDERLICHT – Beyond Walls, Fries Museum,Leeuwarden, Holland
2008 Suburbs, Brick5 Gallery, Wien,  Austria
2008 Domésticas, Central European House of Photography, Bratislava, Slovak Republic
2007 Domésticas, Art Museum, Rowaniemi, Finland
2007 Sunday wishes, Dom fotografie / House of Photography, Liptovský Mikuláš, Slovak Republic
2007 Domésticas, House of Art, Brno, Czech Republic
2007 5lovensko, Month of Photography Festival, Central European House of Photography, Bratislava, Sovak Republic
2007 Sunday wishes, Czech Press Photo, Prague, Czech Republic
2006 Sunday wishes, Moravian Gallery, Brno, Czech Republic
2005 Suburbs, Mio Photo Awards, Osaka, Japan
2003  Suburbs, House of Arts, Opava, Czech Republik

I am a freelance photographer located in Bratislava, Slovakia. 

In my work, I pay close atention to people and their interaction with their surroundings. My work has been exhibited at the Noorderlicht Festival and at the Prague House of Photography, the Leica Gallery (Prague), the Festival of Photography in Lodz (Poland), as well as in Great Britain, Australia, Finland, Brazil and Japan.
I am a co-founder and a member of Sputnik Photos collective.

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