|Author: Adam Lach, Katarzyna Dybowska|
|Size: 214 x 171 mm|
|Language: Polish / English|
|Publication date: July 2014|
„STIGMA” resulted from two years of work and over fifty meetings of photographer Adam Lach and the authors of the interviews Katarzyna Dybowska and Dariusz Koźlenko with the family of Romanian Romas living in the encampment in Wroclaw. This work was already seen and appreciated in the prestigious competition Picture of the Year International in 2014. Book launch will be held on 8th Fotofestiwal Lodz. - The book “STIGMA” tells the story of 60-person family of Romanian Romas living in the encampment in Wroclaw. This is not another chapter of colorful legend about gypsies – there are no caravans, no campfires, no dancing and singing – there are people with remarkable stories. This group of nomads, depended on never-ending looking for a better world, unawarely influenced by the mass culture, struggles with the same worries as every modern man. - “It’s easy to fight for the rights of people who scream loud. It’s harder to see the ones that aren’t demonstrating. By narrowing the photographed places only to Psie Pole – a part of the district of Wroclaw occupied by Roma slums – I’m taking away the possibility to observe the Romas while doing what’s commonly seen as their every-day reality – beggary and theft. - With the family, separated from the rest of the society, they appear as completely different people - opposite to the typical image. They struggle not only with hard everyday life but also with the city authorities and with the neighbors. Among the citizens of Wroclaw they are seen as beggars, thieves and swindlers what causes repeated acts of aggression. Any operation of July 2014 and will be presented as a part of the city authorities that is supposed to solve the problem of Roma, leads to intimidation and the attempts of eviction. Above all “STIGMA” is the tale about family, relationships and emotions of the people who, in spite of everything, seem to be happy and calm. It’s also an attempt to analyze the shape of present-day family in the borderland of tradition and modernity.” – Adam Lach - The form of the book creates the complementation to the verbal layer – it’s thick, irregular and often uncomfortable for the viewer. The narration of the story adopts film characteristics - surprising the viewer with the culmination of emotions and sudden calmness. “That’s their world – disorganized and random – completely different from our regular modern reality” – the authors point out. The book was published within the grant of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage – “Young Poland”. - ADAM LACH Born in 1983. Graduated with honors from the Academy of Photography WSF AFA in Wroclaw. Co-founder of Napo Images and vice president of Napo Foundation. From 2006 to 2013 contributor of Newsweek Poland. His works were published by, among others, “The New York Times”, “Le Monde”, “L’espresso”, “Die Zeit”, “International Herald Tribune”, “Solid Ground”, “Newsweek”, “Le’Magazine”, “Svenska Dagebladet”, “Polityka” ,”Przekroj” and “Wprost”. Winner of numerous photo contests. His photo essays were shown on prestigious international exhibitions, including Polka Galerie at HSBC in Paris, the Prague Biennale, World Photojournalism Festival in Beijing. In years 2010-2012 he taught two subjects (“Press Photography” and “Reportage and New Media”) at the Institute of Journalism at the University of Warsaw. - KATARZYNA DYBOWSKA Born in 1991. Graduated from Press Photography in the Institute of Journalism at the University of Warsaw. Student of Film and TV Production Organization at Lodz Film School. Coordinator of the project “The Way We Are” and author of one of the contributed cycles – all presented during Fotofestiwal Lodz 2013. The same year she created her first individual project in the form of a book ‘Near/Obok” concerning identity and openness of non-heterosexual people and the problems they’re dealing with in their everyday life. Producer of documentary short film “A man who cleans up after death”. Director of music videos or art events i.e. during international convention of the Mona Vie company at Torwar in Warsaw. Her professional life is focused around sound production and post-production.