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Mark
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Mark
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born 1982, Santiago, Chile
Living and working in Auckland, New Zealand

contact


cleskovsek@gmail.com
+6421 0284 8926
Instagram: @chris_leskovsek

exhibitions


2019 - 'Not too bad' Solo exhibition - Parrotdog Gallery, Wellington, NEW ZEALAND
2018 - Street Photo Milano - Spazio Edit, Milano, ITALY
2017 - ‘Paper Pirates’ - Gus Fisher Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand
2017 - 'Street Sans Frontieres' (Group exhibition) - Espace des Arts Sans Frontieres, Paris, FRANCE
2017 - 'Tāmaki Makaurau' - Studio One Art Gallery, Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - See Photos & Video
2017 - ‘There’s No One Here’ - Auckland Festival of Photography, Auckland, NEW ZEALAND
2016 - ‘There’s No One Here’ - Angkor Wat Photo Festival, Siem Reap, CAMBODIA
2016 - ‘Hit The Road’ - The Photocopy Club, Lodz, POLAND
2016 - ‘The Impossible Image’ - Biennale de l’image Possible, Liége, BELGIUM
2016 - ‘Roads & Rivers ‘ - TIFF Festival, Wroclaw, POLAND
2015 - ‘Never mind the Xerox’ - Unveil’D Photographic Festival, Exter, ENGLAND
2015 - ‘Zines of the world’ - Doomed Gallery, London, ENGLAND
2014 - ‘Emphoka’ - Center for Contemporary Culture Puertas de Castilla, Murcia, SPAIN
2014 - ‘Observations’ - Auckland Camera Centre, Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - See Video

publications


2018 - Issue 33 - Hamburger Eyes - USA - Buy it here
2018 - Issue 32 - Hamburger Eyes - USA - Buy it here
2017 - '100 pictures that tell a story' - European Photography Art Magazine, GERMANY - Buy it here
2016 - ‘There’s No One here’ - ProPhotographer Magazine, NEW ZEALAND
2016 - ‘The world of photobooks‘ - D-Photo Magazine, NEW ZEALAND
2016 - ‘The Social Experiences of Street Photography’ - The Phoblographer, USA
2015 - Issue 14 - ProPhotographer Magazine, NEW ZEALAND
2015 - Issue 67 - D-Photo Magazine, NEW ZEALAND
2014 - ‘Talking Photographs’ - The Huffington Post, USA
2014 - ‘Observations’ - The Huffington Post, USA
2014 - Issue 59 - D-Photo Magazine, NEW ZEALAND
2014 - Issue 127 - NZ Geographic Magazine, NEW ZEALAND
2014 - ‘The Golden Land’ - Japan Camera Hunter, JAPAN
2014 - ‘Live the streets’ - D-Photo Magazine, NEW ZEALAND
2013 - ‘Patagonia’ - Olympus Magazine, UK
2012 - Issue 118 - NZ Geographic Magazine, NEW ZEALAND
2012 - Issue 116 - NZ Geographic Magazine, NEW ZEALAND

books


2019 - 'Not Too Bad'- NEW ZEALAND
2017 - 'Valpo' - NEW ZEALAND - NZ Photobook of the year 2018 Finalist
2015 - ‘Spl!t’ - NEW ZEALAND
2014 - ‘Observations 1’ Second Edition - NEW ZEALAND
2014 - ‘Observations 6’ - NEW ZEALAND
2014 - ‘Observations 5’ - NEW ZEALAND
2014 - ‘Observations 4’ - NEW ZEALAND
2014 - ‘Observations 3’ - NEW ZEALAND
2014 - ‘Observations 2’ - NEW ZEALAND
2013 - ‘Observations 1’ - NEW ZEALAND

collections


Spl!t - National Library of Australia, AUSTRALIA
Observations series - Hocken Collections, University of Otago, NEW ZEALAND

awards


2018 - 'Valpo' - Australia / New Zealand Photobook Of The Year 2018 - Finalist
2017 - 'People's Choice Winner'- Miami Street Photography Festival, Miami, USA


Mark

‘Valpo’ - photo journal




'Overlooking the pacific, the long and steep stairs, make the hills from Valpo seem endless. However, its the poetry found on the everyday that attracts me to roam through the labyrinth that Valparaiso is. A city which doesn’t pretend to be more than what it is. Humble, yet it’s chaotic nature seems to be in calm with itself, which I later realised, that is what I came to see to this old and beloved crazy port.'

All photographs shot in Valparaiso during my various visits from 2013, 2016 and 2017.



Book info:
• A5 (148 x 210mm / 5.8 x 8.3in)
• 48 pages + 3 panel die cut covers
• 29 photographs
• Full B&W, Color
• Limited Edition of 100 - Numbered & signed

* sold out *


‘Not too bad’
- replied someone when I asked him ‘How are you?’ a few days after I had arrived in Auckland. I said ‘why, what’s wrong?’, to which he immediately replied ‘nothing, why?’ and left the room. With time I learned that this kiwi ambiguity perhaps had something to do with my photography after all these years, in which, each frame may not be enough to tell the whole story, but just enough to raise a question.


‘Not too bad’ is much about the places I’ve seen, as they are about the people I’ve encountered and my personal reactions to the environment. Photography simply happens as a consequence of such encounters.

These are little fragments of my life as an immigrant in a place I now learnt to call ‘home’. Struggles, longings and frustrations. In a way, this is the type of letter you write home about, that says ‘I’m doing OK, nothing is seriously wrong, maybe a few little things, but not really worth mentioning, however here’s what I’ve seen, I hope you find these photographs not too bad'.






The following are photos of the handmade limited edition book made to celebrate the opening of the solo exhibition 'Not Too Bad' at Parrotdog Gallery in Wellington, NZ - 2019

Book info:
• 160 x 210mm / 6.3 x 8.3in
• 12 gatefold spreads + yellow half cover
• 33 B&W photographs
• Sewn stitched binding w/ black thread
• Black slipcase with 'black on black' print
• Handmade Edition of 50 - Numbered

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*SOLD OUT*
At the end of 2014, I had my first solo exhibition in New Zealand, which was based on my Øbservations series,
which were a series of photo-journals I published through the course of a year, in between 2013 and 2014.


Tāmaki Makaurau

Solo exhibition

Studio One - Auckland
16 Feb - 09 Mar, 2017
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During February and March of 2017, I had a major exhibition for this ongoing project at Studio One Gallery in Auckland. The show was curated by NZ photographer Gary Baigent.

• Show catalog and layout:


• The following, are some behind the scenes of the show and opening night:


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• Video recap: