Silesian Ulysses is a photographic record of roaming the streets of contemporary Upper Silesia, mainly the slowly disappearing miners’ housing estates. As the author of the photos thinks, Silesia – with its wealth, variety and contrasts – holds images similar to those seen by James Joyce's hero wandering around Dublin. The way in which Ulysses was written has provided her with structure and inspiration to photograph Silesia. Her aim was to reduce the photographic images to ordinary everyday life, which goes on from morning till night and constitutes human existence in miniature. She moves away from the conventional depictions of Silesia and goes beyond the boundaries of documentary photography. She tells her Silesian story using simple, everyday images contrasting with the impressionist form of photography. In the selected photographs the author invites us on a journey back to childhood and to deeply rooted reminiscences. It can also be read as a sentimental journey by the author to the land of her childhood, but this journey also represents a universal pondering of the issues of memory and belonging.
Joanna Chudy is a graduate of the Academy of Fine Arts in Kraków (2002) and the Photography Department at the National Film School in Łódź where, she received a degree in creative photography (2009). In 2009 she started postgraduate studies in photography at the Department of Graphic Art of the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw. She has participated in many group photographic exhibitions in venues such as the BWA City Gallery in Tarnów, Pakamera Gallery in Suwałki and El Gallery in Elbląg. She was a finalist of the ShowOff contest, part of the Photomonth in Kraków 2010, and won the Grand Prix at the 6th Warsaw Festival of Art Photography 2010. This year she has received a scholarship from the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage. She works and lives in Bielsko-Biała.
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