There are numerous ways of defining oneself; every one of them tries to answer such questions as: Who am I? Who I want to be and why? Am I defined by some sort of affiliation or exclusion? Similarities to others or differences? Is my identity complete and ready to be discovered? Or maybe it’s something to be continuously created and conceptualized throughout life? At times of crisis such reflections are intensified, and physical and emotional isolation causes confusion. These days defining a private space is more important than ever. Having one’s own place not only relates to a comfort zone or a symbol of safety; it also means secluding, hiding and distancing oneself from others. Our everyday activities and our thoughts have been turned inwards. The questions regarding our own identity sound completely different now. The students of Photography at the Film School in Lodz have organized an exhibition including a variety of projects: those created before the pandemic and continued during lockdown as well as the ones began in a new reality. Uncertainty, pain, fantasy, fun or mutiny are some of the concepts presented in the exhibition. They concern dealing with childhood traumas, attempting to live up to people’s expectations, the desire to shape one’s life in his/her own way, and confronting the dreams about oneself with the reality.
Maciek Bernaś, Szymon Cyglicki, Estella Dandyk, Bartosz Fatek, Michalina Kacperak, Wioletta Kulas, Alicja Lesiów, Hanna Nawrot, Łukasz Pawłowski, Aleksandra Szajnecka
Text: Michalina Kacperak / English translation: Anna Przybyłek / Artistic supervisor: Hubert Humka
Astoria Business&Leisure, 4 Sienkiewicza Street – exhibition open to the public until 30.10.2021, Mon-Sun, 11:30-18:00