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Smolna Gallery

Jerzy Iskierka "The Excluded"

Jerzy Iskierka "The Excluded"

Jerzy Iskierka "The Excluded"

photo exhibition

4 July - 27 August 2018

The society in which a modern man exists is difficult and very complex. Therefore, many people cannot cope with various difficulties. Many of them are experiencing social exclusion defined as the effect of various types of social disadvantages, as a result of which they can not fully participate in the social, economical and political society to which they belong.

The most important problems that lead to exclusion include disability, homelessness, addictions, loneliness and poverty. In today's modern society, the stratification phenomenon is becoming more and more frequent, which leads to the marginalization of individuals less adapted to the realities of the modern world. This marginalization may be attributable to the individual or may be the result of random occurrences.

In my photographs I would like to present psychological portraits of people who live on the margins of society. I knowingly violate the comfort zone of my model, and then, in the most precise way, bring the viewer closer to the photographed person. People usually avoid keeping eye contact with those who look scary or hideous, which makes the excluded people "invisible". The aim of this publication is to create a bridge between the viewers and the heroes of my photographs, who live in completely different environments.

Contemporary society seems not to notice the marginalized. The purpose of my work is to point out that people living on the margins are people like us, that many of them lived in a normal society before they were marginalized, that these people have the same emotions and dignity as we do but that often they simply were less fortunate in the lottery of life.
 
Jerzy Iskierka
 
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