• Anna Grzelewska, Untitled, Julia Wannabe, 2012
  • Anna Grzelewska, Untitled, Julia Wannabe, 2012
  • Anna Grzelewska, Untitled, Julia Wannabe, 2012
Photographers selection 2014
Anna Grzelewska
Poland
Photographer Anna Grzelewska says her interest in photography lays "in the tension between the documentary nature of images and the fiction of the story they tell."

Here, she is presenting her series entitled Julia Wannabe, depicting her daughter Julia growing up. "My aim, she tells, is to search for the sources of a woman’s identity and get closer to the moment when a girl becomes a woman. There is something ambiguous and disturbing about this transition. Our culture depicts childhood as a land of happiness, sweet and innocent. Our memory also tends to wipe out any flaws in the picture. By shooting Julia, I wanted to examine the process of growing up in more complex ways. This is not a reportage, diary or family album, but rather an attempt to capture the universality of that time. It is also a photographic reinterpretation of the psychological process of transfer - the photographic image is the result of Julia’s experience and my memory."

Anna Grzelewska lives and works in Warsaw. She has studied anthropology at the Warsaw University, followed a documentary programme at Andrzej Wajda Directing School and a photography residency at ITF Opava in Czech Republic. Her series Julia Wannabe has been exhibited Czech Republic in 2013 at Zluta Ponorka Gallery in Znojmo and Muzeum Umeni in Olomouc as well as in Poland at the Opole Photography Festival.