The Heroine’s Journey of Natalia Poniatowska

What is the best thing that I love about my work?

The process – first interest in the project and the making of it. The feeling when the idea comes and I’m inspired to make something, I feel butterflies whenever I see a moment I want to capture on photograph. Or when the idea for a full project or story starts coming up.

What is my greatest fear?

I’m afraid of the darkness and snakes. I know, makes it more difficult to work in the darkroom. A few years ago, I made a project called What If We Can See More when I developed my fear of darkness into photographs. Link:
But I guess the greatest fear for me is to think about the future and imagine myself being bored with what I do.

Which living persons in my profession do I most admire?

Joel Meyerowitz’s passion for photography. I didn’t know his work until a talk in C/O Berlin last winter. The enthusiastic way of speaking about taking pictures gave me a great power to create a new work. And I admire his work, that he was one of the first photographers to bring street photography to the galleries. It’s incredible I had a chance to hear his talk.

What is the thing that I dislike the most in my work?

How expensive it is to create a new body of work – the cost of films, printing, scanning, framing… Photography is a very expensive medium of art.

When and where was I the happiest, in my work?

I was the happiest when I decided to apply to the Glasgow School of Art – Fine Art Photography, the decision developed in years but at that time I was sure photography is what I connect my future with. It was a great feeling “to be sure”.

What is my greatest achievement in work?

Winning the graduates by It’s Nice That – I was named one of 15 most creative graduates “worth keeping an eye on” in 2018. And the exhibition in the Royal Scottish Awards – New Contemporaries that is coming in March 2019, I’m super excited for it.

Where would I most like to live?

A place that would have beautiful nature as well as big city, people as friendly as in Glasgow, Spanish cuisine and a little bit of Poland. That’s a dream place.

What is my most marked characteristic?

I’m ambitious and hard working.

What is my most inspirational location, in my city?

The most inspirational location would always be my grandparent’s house. Probably because of good childhood memories. I never had an inspirational place in the city I live, I think I feel the real inspiration in the place I’m visiting for the first time.

Who is my greatest fan and partner in crime?

My husband to be – Przemek – he’s great support and help. And my lovely friends from Glasgow! I wish I could name the sponsor but all I do is fully funded by me.

Whom would I like to work within 2019?

I’d love to finish the project I started with my grandma – I’m explaining it in the next questions.

Which people in my profession would I love to meet in 2019?

I’d love to meet people who are passionate about photography but from the other side – writes, critics, curators as well as gallery owners and collectors.

What project, in 2019, am I looking forward to work on?

I have nothing from Lviv, the new project I’m working on.

My grandma was 5 years old when her family was forced to leave Lviv, Ukraine due to the second world war. They got into the first train and ended up in my hometown Bytom in Poland. For the past 40 years, she was trying to get her family house back. In June 2018, she received the final rejection letter from the court. All she has is the address of her childhood home, full of memories that could recall. I decided to take my grandma on the journey to Ukraine. I have been working a lot with my own homesickness (I left Poland 6 years ago), also writing my dissertation about belonging to the place and modern nostalgia, I’m planning to record my grandma’s stories, take photographs, make video work and a photo book. I’ve been working a lot with my grandma in my previous projects, for example, a short film called Tomato Soup:

Where can you see me or my work?

Which creative heroines should Peter invite to tell their story?

artists Natasha Caruana, Theresa Moerman Ib and Viviane Sassen

How can you contact me?

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