Personal identity is not something unitary and stable over times and in different situations. Identity is influenced by significant interpersonal relationships, by contexts of belonging and by how each individual decides to adapt his/her way of being as a certain public and historical image and character.
Human beings not only have cognitive and emotional experiences, but also are able to process and coherently integrate the external and internal information that concerns them and to codify it in the form of autobiographical memory, conferring to the subjective story, retrospective coherence and future continuity. Also, personal identity is affected by a system of shared rules and signs through which people develop their social and cultural behavior. It is related to the place and history where the people live.
The development of Polish cultural identity is inseparable from the history of a country that is at the crossroads between Central and Eastern Europe and always changed its borders. Over time, Poland had to suffer foreign oppressions, territorial divisions and invasions that have deeply marked the soul of Polish people. These and other historical events represent their struggle for the independence and define their strong cultural identity.
My visual work connects different generations of Polish people with places as a symbol of historical events and with old documents which are proofs of the past of this land. I combined these portraits, landscapes and documents to make viewers imagine their own stories and recall their memories, which construct our identity in both individual and social levels.