Nikolai Marcinowski is a Berlin-based photographer and artist, born in 1994 in Munich. His works are poetical explorations, always initiated by a personal story or sensation, circling around philosophical reflections about mortality, loneliness and vulnerability. Marcinowski creates an area of tension by interweaving biographic fragments and intimate emotions with contemporary social discourse, being driven by the persistent urge to locate himself in this world and relate to his environment. Thereby he seeks to open up associative spaces for subconscious and emotional resonance, leaving behind the conceptual approach to photographic art practice. He graduated from the University of Applied Sciences Munich in 2019 with his work „fließendes leben still im raum“, that negotiates his father’s frailty during long illness and his sudden death during the work on the project. His most recent work „What doesn’t fit into a story, what doesn’t have a story“ finished in March of 2020 addresses Jaques Lacan’s concept of the big Other and the missing Real, seeking a space before words, fueled by the subconscious, pondering isolation during the pandemic quarantine and the radical loneliness of each living being.
Marcinowski has exhibited his work in group shows in Munich and Berlin.