Paulina Korobkiewicz | HOMELAND

Centrala is pleased to present Homeland, an exhibition following an 18-month residency of the photographer and visual artist Paulina Korobkiewicz, also featuring work by Sylwia Ciszewska-Peciak, Yuxi Hou, Ismail Khokon, Marcin Forys and interviews from the Central European Photography Club participants.

Homeland is departing from the research project Post-Socialist Britain?: Memory, Representation and Political Identity amongst German, Polish and Ukrainian Immigrants in the UK, a large-scale research project in collaboration with the University of Birmingham and the Nottingham Trent University exploring how and if memory is linked to political identity, and how this is manifested in a different national context.

Homeland will address themes of political identity, belonging, memory and representation among migrant communities in West Bromwich and Hyson Green, with a specific focus, but not limited to, Polish migrant communities. Throughout the residency, Korobkiewicz familiarised herself with these areas and established relationships with the members of the migrant communities, initiating dialogues and participating in local celebrations and events, researching and creating a contemporary portrait of those communities.

The exhibition will reflect on the visibility of the communities within the focus areas (West Bromwich & Hyson Green) and serve as a platform to share migration experiences from various perspectives. Korobkiewicz’s photographic series explores the visibility of the migrant community within public space and the importance of it.

About Paulina Korobkiewicz 

Paulina Korobkiewicz (b. 1993, Suwałki, Poland) is a photographer and visual artist. She earned her First-Class Honours BA Degree in Fine Art Photography from Camberwell College of Arts in 2015. Her work has been the subject in exhibitions internationally and has been featured in a variety of publications, including The Guardian, Wallpaper* Magazine, British Journal of Photography, Hapax Magazine, Photomonitor and It’s Nice That. She is the winner of Camberwell Book Prize 2016, and was shortlisted for prizes such as Bart Tur Photobook Prize, Magnum Graduate Photographers Award and Prix Pictet. She lives and works in London.

About the participants

Yuxi Hou  (b.2004) is a documentary visual storyteller born in Beijing and is currently based in Nottingham. As a new immigrant and young adult herself, she’s constantly reflecting on her marginalised position in society, exploring themes such as growth, identity, migration, memories and family through a sensitive account of human interactions in distinct communities.

Ismail Khokon (b. 1984) is a British Bangladeshi socially engaged artist and photographer whose work explores the important relationship between identity, migration, heritage, displacement, health, well-being and environmentalism. He utilises his own lived experience to collaborate with others and highlight the experiences of marginalised communities and challenge the prevailing concepts of multicultural Britain.

Sylwia Ciszewska-Peciak (b.1989) is a Polish photographer, based in West Bromwich. She recently graduated from the Academy of Photography in Krakow. Putting down roots in the new place lead to her exploring the cosmopolitan nature of her new home by recording life on the street. In her street photography, she aims to capture stories: those candid, fleeting moments when people are most themselves, moments of introspection, ambiguity, joy and humour. The birth of her first daughter led her to documentary photography, using it as an instrument for deep self-reflection and self-therapy.

Marcin Forys (b. 1979) is a Polish freelance photographer based in Nottingham. His work is influenced mainly by sociological aspects and his main subjects are the urban landscape and portraits. Through his visual storytelling, he creates awareness and influences his audience leaving them with unanswered questions showing simple urban life.

The exhibition is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council