Natalia Mikołajczuk, Tanya Alipchikova


Agnieszka Pajączkowska, Krzysztof Pacholak, Martyna Wyrzykowska / Polis(h) Photo Lab

Enaf – Warsaw


Who am I? What makes me me? These questions never get old or out of date. (…)

Natalia Mikołajczuk and Tanya Alipchikova are 800 km apart but they are of similar age, lifestyle, and sensitivity. Their countries are divided by the border of the Schengen Area. They are connected by the common experience of communism – past or present. They ask themselves the same questions: where do I come from? What shaped me? What is mine and what was imposed on me? How did the space I grew in influence me? How does it influence me today? You can ignore these questions as shamefully banal or you can confront how difficult, significant and disturbing they really are.

text: Agnieszka Pajączkowska – project curator

Form of publication

format: 20 x 20 cm + 15 x 20 cm
technique: digital printing
cover: hard

Project in the form of two books connected through single wrap-around element that contains the common title and the curator’s note. We made a conscious decision when choosing this form because in our opinion it mirrors the link between our stories and the circumstances in which we worked on the project. The character of our photos is different, but the „journey” we made into ourselves is the same. It’s not likely that these two worlds could come to life independently.