This photo is part of the series: "The House of Souls"All photos were taken in an old German villa in... Read More
This photo is part of the series: "The House of Souls"
All photos were taken in an old German
villa in my hometown in Poland. The stories of people who lived in this
house for generations inspired me to tell what is currently happening
in Poland. History repeats itself, and we humans kept making the same
mistakes. In 2015 the right-wing PiS party won the elections and since
then our country has been collapsing, dragging us women into the abyss.
Refugees were attacked first, then gays and lesbians, and finally women.
The consequences of this are already fatal. A church-backed right-wing
party tries to rule our bodies, decide whether we are to live or die.
Strikes of women fighting for their rights are sweeping through Poland.
The government does not listen to us, and women who are denied abortion
die. Slowly our country, our home begins to resemble The Republic of
Gilead from Margaret Atwoods "Handmaid´s Tale".
Courtship or the leper.
The picture was inspired by Agata`s Marzec novel with
the same title and tells the story of a young Syrian woman who, fleeing the
war, took refuge with her four children in a small Polish village. A month
after arriving, she was raped by rural farmers. Looking at how a woman is leaning back, you can think that she is about to fall, but her legs seem to be nailed to the ground. Her hands are not spread out and yet she has been crucified. Crucified by catholic peasants of Poland.
wrote my short story "The Leper", I had no idea that two months later
a drama would be taking place on the Polish-Belarusian border. I read about the tragedy that unfolded in my story in
the press. It was just a mention, but it shocked me. Mainly because it was only
a mention. That is why I immediately decided to build up the presented world
and give it a literary form. I needed to create this apocrypha, give birth to
it from the bottom of my soul, push it into the world. And this is how “The
leper" was born. " Agata Marzec
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