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                                                                             “IN BETWEEN” - sequence of works.
                                                                             My prints are an expression of my own experiences. In my pictures I didn’t explore the depth of the migration process itself. My goal was rather to create a picture of possible
                                                                             consequences that may arise at the end of the journey.
                                                                             In order to bring some transparency into my work, I would like to describe some crucial elements of migration. 
                                                                             I suppose, we are all familiar with the outcome of different migrant group’s collective attitude all around the world.
                                                                             For example: LATIN QUARTER in Paris, JEWISH DISTRICT in London or CHINA TOWN in Los Angeles.
                                                                             It seems that migrants are isolating themselves.
                                                                             Why? In my opinion, the reason often lies in migrants’ background and strong attachment to their own culture. When adding to it an inability to fully understand the host culture, the
                                                                             complexity of the new language on top of many other unfamiliar details - assimilation seems to be an impossible task and almost unconsciously leads to isolation.
                                                                             That is the main reason why I used this disturbingly strong red colour - to stir awareness in future migrants.
                                                                             In my works you can see a text, to some extent, like a transparent curtain, covering the space. The meaning of the text follows the one of the colour. Partly, it comes from Gaston
                                                                             Bachelards’ book “The Poetics of Space” and a few words of my own at the end.
                                                                             I found Gaston Bachelards words very suitable to the context of my work. I quote: “And all the spaces of our past moments of solitude, the spaces in which we have suffered from
                                                                             solitude, enjoyed, desired, and compromised solitude, remain indelible within us and precisely because the human being wants them to remain so”.
                                                                             At the end, I added some words of my own: “When people migrate, thoughts, ideas and dreams travel with them, all of which are important links to the past. Migrants become
                                                                             strangers to those they leave behind, and are strangers on arrival at their destinations.”
                                                                             When writing the text I wanted to avoid any linguistic preferences. In stead I used binary tools. The reason for this is that it’s a global computer language, and can easily be translated
                                                                             into any language.  
                                                                             I am well convinced that as a result of migration, single individuals as well as groups of individuals are pending in a vast, empty space between their homeland and the alien Promised Land.
                                                                             In the end it looks like life “IN BETWEEN” seems to be a migrant’s destiny.
                                                                             Tomasz Boncza-Ozdowski

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