Lukas Birk is an Austrian artist, storyteller, and conservator. His multi-disciplinary projects have been turned into films, chronicles, books, and exhibitions. A large part of Lukas’s work deals with archival material he collects through travel or while delving into his own background. His narratives tackle recorded history by creating alternate storylines and incorporating fictional elements alongside commonly accepted facts. Lukas often researches his imagery through explorations into cultures that have been affected by conflict. His ‘archival artworks’ have little to do with institutional processes but rather center around personal stories, the desire to preserve their place in history, and Lukas’s own emotional attachment to them.
Currently, he is working on the Myanmar Photo Archive – his endeavor to re-interpret and tell the story of Myanmar through collected photographs taken over the last century. His forthcoming book, Photo Peshawar, explores photo culture in the city of Peshawar.
Publications: Afghan Box Camera, Polaroids from the Middle Kingdom, Kafkanistan – tourism to conflict zone, and 35 Bilder Krieg.