More and more often young people choose to travel the world in search of personal development, experiences, adventures, but also better conditions, be it economic or political. Some of them chose to stay in Poland, whether for shorter or longer periods of time. Here, they were immortalised by a graduate of the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw, Remi Urant. Their portraits are accompanied by photographs of objects that hold special meaning to the subjects of the project, while also invoking images of their homeland. The exhibition In-Between asks especially valid questions about identity and what it’s built upon in the times of the contemporary nomadism.
The series of 48 portraits depicts young people that came to Poland from all corners of the world. Each of their reasons for coming to Poland were very different – from the pursuit of education, the need to learn a new language, leave their homeland, travel the world, to life-threatening reasons like war, capital punishment, threat of harm or imprisonment for beliefs, political views, or religion. People like that often experience a state in which the home is neither there, nor here. They are in-between, suspended.
Each of the subjects brought an important item that brings forth memories of their homeland. Photos of these objects act as signatures for the portraits. The exhibition includes looped recordings of the subjects talking about their reasons for coming to Poland and about the objects they brought. They are not attached to each portrait.
Each story of the individual, their portraits, and their objects are just pretext to a much broader discussion. The exhibition In-Between sparks a series of questions. What is our relationships to a place through the objects in it? What connects us to our homeland? What is the relationship between a place and an object? What sort of objects hold special meaning to us?…
Exhibition will be open until March 3rd 2019