SOON MORE!

		  
 For Odsłonić (2015) Maria Dabrowski further explores her series Back Home (2013 -) 
 in which she started to investigate her personal family history and roots in the Netherlands, 
 Poland and Ukraine.
 In 1939, when the father of her mother/her grandfather was little, he was deported from 
 former eastern Poland [nowadays Ukraine] to Siberia for forced labor on the Kolkhozy; 
 collective farms at the time of the Soviet Union. Their home and all the grounds they possessed 
 were confiscated by the Soviets. 6 years later, when they were allowed to go back to their homeland, 
 they had lost the right to the lands and their possessions. Ultimately her grandfather’s family 
 ended up in western Poland, from where later Maria's mother would emigrate to the Netherlands. 

 In 2015 Maria decided to make a trip to Ukraine, together with her mother.                 
 In Ukraine it was the first time her mother came into contact with her father's family and his past. 
 Odsłonić shows an intimate portrait of this encounter but also of the photographer's direct family in 
 the Netherlands whom she regularly kept photographing. 
 She also travelled to her grandfather in Poland with whom she had a personal conversation about 
 his (tough) youth and about why he never talked about this past. In this conversation; time, trauma, 
 language and generation differences are standing out. 
 With Odsłonić, she tries to portray and express her own family relations, the sometime suppressed 
 feelings and stories they seem to carry with them.    
 Maria's images are a search for personal experience and memory in relation to a larger framework 
 of collective history in which especially her grandfather and mother are playing the lead role.                                                                                       Universal themes like development, inheritance, life and death play an important role in this work. 
     
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		Walk to the house, Strilky, 2013
         
	
	In the ongoing series 'Back Home' Dabrowski delves into her family history. The interiors, 
	landscapes and still lives which were pictured in the Netherlands, Poland and Ukraine are 
	the silent witnesses of the diaspora of her family. The selection presented here focuses on 
	the life and past of her grandfather on her mother's side. In search for his parental home, 
	at the end of 2013, Dabrowski travelled to Strilky, L’viv, in Ukraine. 
	There where he was born, she met family members. 
	In 1939, when he was 8 years old, her grandfather was transported together with his parents 
	to Siberia for forced labour on the Kolkhozy. Their home and all the grounds they possessed 
	were confiscated by the Soviets. 6 years later, when they were allowed to go back to their 
	homeland, they had lost the right to the lands and their possessions. 

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	In de lopende serie Back Home verkent Dabrowski haar familiegeschiedenis. De foto’s van interieurs, 
	landschappen en stillevens die genomen zijn in Nederland, Polen en Oekraïne zijn de stille 
	getuigen van de diaspora van haar familie. De hier getoonde selectie focust op het leven 
	en het verleden van haar opa van moederszijde. Eind 2013 reisde Dabrowski af naar Strilky, 
	L’viv, Oekraïne, op zoek naar zijn ouderlijk huis. Op zijn geboorte grond ontmoette zij familieleden. 
	In 1939 werd haar grootvader op achtjarige leeftijd samen met zijn ouders gedeporteerd naar Siberië 
	voor een gedwongen tewerkstelling op de kolchozen. 
	Hun huis en alle grond die ze bezaten werden geconfisqueerd door de Sovjets. 
	Toen ze zes jaar later mochten terugkeren hadden ze geen recht meer op hun bezittingen.
	




	
	Installation view in the museum for Modern Art Arnhem ( MMKA) the Netherlands, 2014.