“Tapes you watch when you are alone” was developed for the recurrence of a hundred years of Polish independence as a photographic project exploring Polish cultural identity.
The development of Polish cultural identity is inseparable from the history of the country, located at the crossroad between Central and Eastern Europe, with borders that often shifted. Over time, Poland had to suffer foreign oppressions, territorial divisions and invasions that have deeply affected the Polish people. These and other historical events fueled their struggle to reach independence and defined their strong cultural identity.
I researched and collected materials from the State Archive and put them into dialogue with portraits and landscapes that I made during a residency in Poland. I worked on historical materials and live testimonies that I collected from people, in order to trace connections between past and present, individual and collective memories, through different generations.