Ula Wiznerowicz (born 1986) is a photographer currently based in Amsterdam who documents social realities from a unique Polish/English perspective. She hails from a tiny village called Palmowo in west-central Poland and moved to the UK to obtain a BA in Photography from Middlesex University. Her work has been exhibited widely in solo shows in Italy, England and Poland.
As of now, her portfolio contains three main projects: “Behind the Curtain”, “Between Homes” and “Displacement”. In these, she captures quotidian Polish rural life in all its earthy ordinariness but with its spiritual inclinations. We see old toys, utensils, ash trays, crucifixes, photos of Pope John Paul II. Children and adults and the elderly – pensive, frolicsome, nonchalant. Some villagers have struggled with alcoholism while others have had to relocate on account of mining activities. The presence of a resilient human spirit remains palpable throughout. Every person and every object is attended to in humility and displayed with grace and clarity.
Ula’s art has won her a Daylight Photo Award, FotoVisura Grant, Ideas Tap Portfolio Award, Saatchi Gallery Prize and D&AD Best New Blood Prize. A short documentary film about her was made and aired by Channel 4.
The following selection contains photos from all three projects. Images used with permission.