Since the fall of 2015, when Jarosław Kaczyńskis PiS party (Prawo i Sprawiedliwość, eng: Law and Justice) took power in Poland, democracy has been called into question. The state media will become the mouthpiece of the government, the independence of the courts is suspended. According to the opinion polls, it is done with the consent of the majority of society. In the 1980s, the country played an exemplary role in the democratisation of Eastern Europe. It was the Solidarity movement, which at that time was fighting for the values of freedom and helped the fall of the Eastern bloc. Just a few years ago, these events seemed to form a stable basis for democracy in Poland.
Polish Summer is intended to be a photographic analysis of the current socio-political processes and at the same time an attempt to examine the reasons for the gradual break with democracy in Poland. The photo trip across the country will take place on two levels. On the one hand, we have to study everyday spaces that tend to go unnoticed, but which are daily for millions the environment. On the other hand, political and historical places of remembrance are photographed, which are of importance for the present mental structure of society. Each picture of these photographs is accompanied by an explanatory text.
Technical realisation: Large format 4x5-inch and color film, Presentation: exhibition and photo book.