For Odsłonić (2015) Maria Dabrowski further explores her series Back Home (2013 -) in which she started to investigate her personal family history and roots in the Netherlands, Poland and Ukraine. In 1939, when the father of her mother/her grandfather was little, he was deported from former eastern Poland [nowadays Ukraine] to Siberia for forced labor on the Kolkhozy; collective farms at the time of the Soviet Union. Their home and all the grounds they possessed were confiscated by the Soviets. 6 years later, when they were allowed to go back to their homeland, they had lost the right to the lands and their possessions. Ultimately her grandfather’s family ended up in western Poland, from where later Maria's mother would emigrate to the Netherlands. In 2015 Maria decided to make a trip to Ukraine, together with her mother. In Ukraine it was the first time her mother came into contact with her father's family and his past. Odsłonić shows an intimate portrait of this encounter but also of the photographer's direct family in the Netherlands whom she regularly kept photographing. She also travelled to her grandfather in Poland with whom she had a personal conversation about his (tough) youth and about why he never talked about this past. In this conversation; time, trauma, language and generation differences are standing out. With Odsłonić, she tries to portray and express her own family relations, the sometime suppressed feelings and stories they seem to carry with them.
Maria's images are a search for personal experience and memory in relation to a larger framework of collective history in which especially her grandfather and mother are playing the lead role. Universal themes like development, inheritance, life and death play an important role in this work.
More impressions: New Dawn LUCA School of Arts BACK HOME Reconstructing family history - Ongoing work
This page is under construction. Walk to the house, Strilky, 2013
In the ongoing series 'Back Home' Dabrowski delves into her family history. The interiors, landscapes and still lives which were pictured in the Netherlands, Poland and Ukraine are the silent witnesses of the diaspora of her family. The selection presented here focuses on the life and past of her grandfather on her mother's side. In search for his parental home, at the end of 2013, Dabrowski travelled to Strilky, L’viv, in Ukraine. There where he was born, she met family members. In 1939, when he was 8 years old, her grandfather was transported together with his parents to Siberia for forced labour on the Kolkhozy. Their home and all the grounds they possessed were confiscated by the Soviets. 6 years later, when they were allowed to go back to their homeland, they had lost the right to the lands and their possessions. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- In de lopende serie Back Home verkent Dabrowski haar familiegeschiedenis. De foto’s van interieurs, landschappen en stillevens die genomen zijn in Nederland, Polen en Oekraïne zijn de stille getuigen van de diaspora van haar familie. De hier getoonde selectie focust op het leven en het verleden van haar opa van moederszijde. Eind 2013 reisde Dabrowski af naar Strilky, L’viv, Oekraïne, op zoek naar zijn ouderlijk huis. Op zijn geboorte grond ontmoette zij familieleden. In 1939 werd haar grootvader op achtjarige leeftijd samen met zijn ouders gedeporteerd naar Siberië voor een gedwongen tewerkstelling op de kolchozen. Hun huis en alle grond die ze bezaten werden geconfisqueerd door de Sovjets. Toen ze zes jaar later mochten terugkeren hadden ze geen recht meer op hun bezittingen. Installation view in the museum for Modern Art Arnhem ( MMKA) the Netherlands, 2014.