Portfolio > The Constructed Family

matt's apartment, chicago
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2008
Untitled #65
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2006
second bedroom, chicago
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2008
Vacant Apartment, Krakow, Poland
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2007
Outside Grandma's House
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2007
18th Street basement, Chicago
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2007
18th Street Underground, Chicago
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2007
Untitled #32
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2006
Untitled #39
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2006
Untitled #29
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2006
Untitled #106
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2007
Untitled #108
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2007
Untitled #137
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2007
Untitled #117
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2007
Untitled #103
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2007
Untitled #151
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2007
Untitled #20
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Untitled #22
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Untitled #25
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Untitled #83
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2006
Untitled #1
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2006
Untitled #57
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Untitled #30
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Untitled #5
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Untitled #6
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Untitled #13
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2006

This work examines the trauma and uncertainty carried from childhood. In particular, I am referencing my own upbringing as a Polish immigrant. There is an undercurrent of helplessness and misdirection linked to a sort of schizophrenic parenting, excommunication, and constant movement. Typically, the perception of children handed down by my elders was that children did not have a choice. Frequently, I heard a Polish equivalent of the phrase “Children should be seen not heard”. I am attempting to give these children voices.

These photographs are projection-based installations. The models are mannequins and their faces are projections. The faces of the children are slides that my father took of me when he was still involved in my life. The other slides are present day images that I have shot of my mom, my dad, and myself. My goal is to reconstruct my own childhood, empowering the past for better or for worse. The result is a troubling recreation of events that may seem disturbing but are far less in context to the real events that transpired.