Delving into personal limbo between Poland I grew up in, Poland that I did not fully understand (yet, I feel), Poland that I hate and love at the same time and, me — embracing where I am from, paradoxically living abroad.
“Groszek” is a Polish shop in Den Haag, in the heart of the Polish neighborhood. The first place I visited, when I felt continuous longing, after moving out of Warsaw, my hometown.
Longing for what?
Mother tongue, smell, beer, the color and even texture of a floor in the store made me a "little girl" — little lost in the fog, yet delighted with this novelty.
Going back and forth to “Groszek” (ang. “Beans”) became a habit and excitement at the same time. Usually, buying the same products (that were never used or consumed by me) made me feel home, at the same an outcast?
This specific Poland, which I never identify myself with, which was a no-land for me and my believes, where I escaped from.
Exclusive world of testes, patterns, textures, opinions.
Personalized social-practice made me realize and helped to create my Polska because I am Miss Polska.
Sól (ang. salt) is a series of photographs, a journey between Poland and The Netherlands, revolving around stereotypes and their representation in culture. While living abroad I find artifacts of Polishness and more broadly Slovackness as well as concepts and patterns of a body and interpersonal relations.
Jak się po soli i po pieprzy, to wszystko smakuje...
Models : Marysia Świetlicka, Kamila Sipika, Zosia van der Kroft
Den Haag, 2019
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