Current running theoretical work
Title: „My I Oni (We And The Other)“ –– Formation of Polish identity through the symbolism of myths, rituals and traditional costumes and their effect on political and social processes of the present on the example of pre-Christmas ‚Herody‘,
Using the example of Polish folklore its importance in the (re) education of a national feeling is examined.The so-called „Herody“, performed by costumed singers, depict the biblicalHistory of the killing of children in Bethlehem and thus address the humanity question about the believe of good and the bad.
The photo was taken in the photo studio of the village photographer Józef Bacior in 1949 in Zarki (Poland. There are eight teenagers who stand out with their costumes and face paint. The costumes are part of the traditional Slavic folk Christmas performances called „Herody“, performed by the „Kolędniczy“ (Polish Christmas singers). The content of the performance is based on a Gospel pas-sage (Mt 2, 16-19) that describes the slaughter of innocents and the death of King Herod the Great.The dramatic main theme has the characteristics of morality - it shows the struggle between the good (angel) and the evil (devil). The despotic Herodes is condemned to eternal damnation and subjected to two executions: death takes his body and the devil takes the soul.
What influence do pagan beliefs have on Christian traditions in Poland?What role do traditions and rituals play in urban society?Which awareness, feelings and interpersonal relationships arise during ceremonies? What influence do costumes, masks, vocals and other attributes have on the viewer?
"My I Oni (We and the Others)" - The question of Polish Identity
The project "My I Oni (We and the Others) - The question of Polish identity" examines how the formation of identities, the visualization of the past and the social structures influence on the identity formation of Polish-born persons and social change in Poland. Based on the following scientific work and interviews, on the one hand the presentation of the photographed person visualizes on the one hand "a view from outside" (left), on the other side the individual representation possibilities (right)." "My I Oni" shows how in Poland the individual personal perception under the aspect of the social influence is visualized and the thesis supports under which complex contexts a personal identity is built.
Exhibited at Duesseldorf Photo Weekend 2017 / http://www.duesseldorfphotoweekend.de
Kretek & Kopi, 2016,
Indonesia between westernization, globalization and tradition
In reality, Asia is slowly left to suicide. It follows a development model which it has not chosen itself, but which has been forced upon it by the concept of profit thinking. A concept that today seems to dominate the behavior and development of the locals. Cultures are pushed aside by new patterns of behavior; a tremendous wave of materialism is torn off at the moment. Tourism is transforming Indonesia (and other countries) into a kind of Disneyland, as a well-known journalist named Terazani once said. Through this trade branch the last spark of the identity of a country dies.