WORK IN PROGRESS
Identity, migration and mobility are at the core of my ongoing project ‘The grass is always greener on the other side’. The series draws upon my personal experience of being an immigrant. After almost 10 years of living in London I decided to leave the United Kingdom and move to Berlin. The life event of relocating to another country instead of going back to my homeland was a trigger to reflections on contemporary nomadism and an ability to assimilate in other societies at the times of a globalised world.
The project examines how media, in particular the Internet, affects our sense of belonging. As never before on this scale, we are instantly and constantly connected through our mobile and pocket devices to the virtual world which in principle allow us to be in two places simultaneously, rising, however, our perplexing sense of in-betweenness. Being neither present there, nor fully present here, I went on a quest with Google Maps in search of my cultural and national identity. I adopted New Topographics style to capture images and to map changes that my homeland has undergone. The resulting photographs reveal Poland torn between modernisation and tradition, between affluence and poverty, as an another country of the rising inequality.