The term "culture" refers to the language, beliefs, values and norms, customs, dress, diet, roles, knowledge and skills, and all the other things that we learn that make up the "way of life" of any society. Culture is passed on from one generation to the next through the process of socialization.
Nowadays globalization has undermined national and local cultures, with cultural products and ways of life in different countries of the world becoming more alike. The effects of globalization and the opening of borders have led to a dilution of national identity and loss of bearings, an immersion in an impoverished general knowledge itself under the influence of the Western culture.
Additionally, identity is formed through the socialization process and the influence of social institutions like the family, the education system and the mass media. Through establishing our own identities and learning about the identities of other individuals we come to know what makes us similar to some people and different from others, and therefore form social connections with them.
In this series I wondered how Polish women see and define themselves, what it makes me different and similar from them and what are our social connections. I explore ideas related to concepts like territory, memory, desire, identity and history.
This compendium of photographs is a short story about Sabina, Ania, Aneta and Natalia and their lives in Belgium. I photographed Polish women in Brussels to understand their identity and characteristics regionals despite having left their country a few years ago.