Salix Polaris

CompanyAcademy of Fine Arts in Katowice
PhotographerAnka Sielska
PrizeHonorable Mention
Entry Description

The Salix Polaris book came to being as the effect of a journey I made with Polish scientists to the Polish Polar Station, Hornsund on Spitsbergen (August/September 2012). The photographs taken there resulted from meeting people, whose lives are inseparably connected with science and nature. The title polar willow (Salix Polaris) is a small shrub only a few centimetres high. Its form resembles human nervous or circulatory system. It is strong, wind and frost resistant, and its fresh sprouts develop also under snow. The willow is defined by dendrologists, who can tell its age by the number of growth rings and read its past, as they use a microscope to examine the scares in the rings. To me, the polar willow has become a symbol of explorer's determination. This is not a typical album of photographs from the trip. This hypnotic story about the confrontation with nature and other people. And above all, a story about the struggle with himself.

About Photographer

Born in 1978, Katowice (Poland) 1998-2003 studies at the Academy of Fine Arts in Katowice, Poland, Faculty of Graphic Art, Painting and Industrial Design; specialization: Graphics within workshop graphics. In 2003, Diploma in the letterpress printing studio and additional presentation in the photography studio. 2000-2004 studies in the Institute of Creative Photography in Opava, Czech Republic. In 2004, BA Diploma. Promotor: Aleš Kuneš doc. MA. 2009 PhD in film arts, in photography, at Leon Schiller State Academy of Film, Television and Theatre (PWSFTiT) in Łódź, promotor: prof. Wojciech Prażmowski. PhD dissertation entitled: ”Philosophy of Journey”. Reviewers: prof. Stefan Czyżewski, prof. Witold Jacyków. She is a lecturer in photography in Academy of Fine Arts in Katowice. In 2010, together with Michał Łuczak and Krzysztof Szewczyk she founded the Kultura Obrazu Foundation.The Foundation works for promotion and development of photography. The Foundation was founded to: – support and promote the photography work of the artist all over the world; – promote photography and other art forms (including film and audiovisual art), as the universal language that enables free communication beyond borders and between generations; – develop the visual education of children and youths; – create a bridge between photography and sociology, ethnography, anthropology and other humanities.