Entry Title: "The Protagonists"
Name: Natalia Wiernik , Poland
Category and Expertise: Portrait|Family, Professional


Entry Description: The Protagonists "You are not a lonely being but one of a kind, unique part of the universe. Do not forget about that. You are an indispensable element of mankind." EPICTETUS In the same way as the boundaries of tolerance grow, the notion of family escapes the limitations of one simple definition. More and more frequently, relations are formed not on the basis of blood ties but based on similarities. These can stem from corresponding experience, shared values or emotional closeness. Paradoxically, similarities may even draw on oddity and peculiarity. It is then that the eccentricity of the individuals that meet becomes a keystone that allows for the formation of a certain community-family. The protagonists of my pictures are taken out of the context of place and time. They share visual kinship which is further emphasized by the scenery among which they are placed. We can only wonder what their relationships out of the frame are and whether the community they have formed in front of the eye of the camera really exists. It is entirely up to us to decide what conclusions we will draw and whether we will resist the temptation to classify and judge quickly.

About the Artist:

Natalia Wiernik was born 1989. Studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Cracow at the Graphic Department since 2008. Graduated in 2013. Wiernik presented her works in Poland, Munich, California, Cologne, London, New York. Selected achievements: She was a grant holder from the Ministry of Culture and Ministry of Science and Higher Education in Poland, finalis in New York Photo Awards, won Sony World Photography Awards in Student Focus category and received finalist status in People category of Sony World Photography Open Competition 2013. Double semifinalist in Adobe Design Achievments Awards (2012, 2013), laureate of „International Photography Confrontation – Just One Photo” – Prize from the Foundation „Photography for the future”. August 2012, Los Angeles – Honourable mention, International Photography Awards. May 2011 – as a one of four people from Poland, was chosen to represent the country at an international contest in Munich – Münchner Künstlerhaus Goldener Kentaur „Sein und Schein“ 2011. She was nominated for an award and took part in an exhibition in Munich. Now she continues PhD studies at the Academy of Fine Arts in Cracow.