"The sun will stop shining when Polish children go hungry" (Słońce w Polsce przestanie świecić, gdy głodne będą polskie dzieci), with this slogan textile workers, mostly women, took to the streets in Łódź in 1981. They were protesting against rising food prices and undignified working conditions. The protest became known as the "Hunger March". Earlier, in 1971, women had gone on strike against wage cuts. These very important events for all working people in Poland became the subjects of my paintings.
The other paintings show my father, who emigrated from a small town in eastern Poland to the US in the 1980s and stayed there after the fall of the Wall. Although he studied in Poland, he worked as an unskilled worker in the USA without social security. I try to use images to reflect on the history of migration that has shaped my family and me. I myself studied in Berlin (2013-16) and have been living and working in Germany again since 2021. My position as a second generation migrant in the West is crucial for me to understand and critically analyse contemporary societies where prosperity is based on cheap nature and cheap labor.
Some of my older paintings under: Drawings (2005-2011).