THE SUN DOESN’T WANT TO LOOK ...
“The Sun doesn’t want to look me in the eyes” started in 2015. After the new government and later new president had been chosen, Poland has been put through really difficult times. The government is damaging the reputation of the country on the national scene and they demolish what has been gained throughout the years after becoming members of the EU.
This certain type of nationalism is becoming more visible which concerned me a lot. The society feels lost and also there is a certain feeling that something will explode or as we are on the edge of something. Therefore I decided to answer with my work to the current happenings. I worked for few years on figuring out how to reflect on what I saw at the time and it all drew me back to XIX century.
Between 1795 and 1918 Poland as a result of partitions done by Austria, Russia and Germany disappeared from the maps. In the meantime there were many revolts happening but first 1918 brought independence. Short before that the Młoda Polska (Young Poland) artistic movement was formed, which has been the biggest influence on my project. The Young Poland/Młoda Polska movement was born and used Polish heritages as the centre of artists’ interest. They believed that Western culture has nothing anymore to offer and people began to seek for unique ways of expressing their ideas and emotions within Polish culture. What was the biggest subject of painters works was Polish village and human relation with the nature. It was the time of the neo romanticism and looking a lot at motherhood and children as the hope for the better future.
This story is focusing on redefinition of what it really means to me to be Polish. How I presume my country and how my country looks like in other Poles’ eyes. I wanted to create a different take on my heritages. Especially if the traditional values are so eagerly promoted by the governing party in Poland. Project involves only Polish citizens, Polish fashion designers and landscape of Poland. The sun doesn’t want to look me in the eyes is a personal statement towards what is happening now in politics in Poland and in the world and it tries to turn nationalistic visions of the national pride into a healthy and liberal one.
Joanna Wzorek is a Poland born and London based photographer who simultaneously works across these two countries. She graduated from London College of Fashion with a BA in Fashion Photography. However, her interest in photography is beyond fashion. She tries to combine art, culture, history, politics and everyday life situations. Wzorek claims her Polish heritage has the biggest influence on her aesthetics and believes that fashion photography should be more humane, spontaneous and humorous. As a result, she mainly photographs everyday people, friends, family members and people scouted on the streets as a way of including more diversity into the fashion images.
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