Wilkow Commune (Poland) has been afflicted with an unprecedented disaster of flooding and, as a result, over 90% of the commune area was below water. Over 4,000 local residents have had to abandon their homes and they are without their livelihood, having lost their farms and machinery, in one moment they lost everything they had. Wilkow Commune is agricultural area, sole source of income of the residents of Wilkow was fruit farms and hop plantations. Practically the entire commune infrastructure and public services for residents have been wrecked. The residents of Wilkow and surrounding areas are facing a social catastrophe. They will facing long months and years of hard work in order to rebuild the potential of their land.
Mateusz Sarello was born in 1978 in Warsaw. A Graduate from the Academy of Photography in Warsaw, he is a member of the Napo Images agency (Napo Mentor Program). He is also a member of Spoldzielnia Dokumentalna (Documentary Cooperative), and has worked as a curator’s assistant of the proFotografia Institute in Poznan. His awards and distinctions include the FotoWeekDC International Awards, the PDN Photo Annual, the Prix de la Photographie Paris, the International Photography Awards, the FotoVisura Grant and the International Photography Festival Organ Vida Prize. A finalist of the Lucie Foundation Scholarship and Grand Press Photo, he has exhibited at the Chobi Mela International Fesitval of Photography in Bangladesh and at the FotoWeekDC in Washington, the Museum of Municipal Engineering in Krakow (Photomonth in Krakow), the Karas Gallery in Zagreb (International Photography Festival Organ Vida), the Pauza Gallery in Krakow, the Museum of Printing in Warsaw, the Leica Gallery in Warsaw, the Obok ZPAF Gallery in Warsaw, the 2piR Gallery in Poznan, the Gallery of Photography in Dublin, the Gallery Nine in Belfast and Splashlight Studios in New York. Publication credits include Lens Culture, GUP Magazine, PDN – Photo District News, Blow Magazine, Here, Flip Magazine, 5klatek, Doc! Photo Magazine and Private Photo Review.