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Krystian Bielatowicz's "Milpa" is a story that emerged as a result of the meeting. For nearly four years, the author returned to Central America to document its vitality, following the footsteps of people whose lives are firmly rooted in the local tradition. At the same time, to follow the changes taking place within it - the greed with which small communities absorb Western pop culture, their helplessness in the face of the deluge of "made in China" things.
He visited cities, he reached villages high in the mountains. He was there where important religious ceremonies were held. He kept the company of those who cared for ordinary daily affairs - fresh flowers in the temple, tasty pies for dinner, firewood.
Part of the project is large-format portraits of people the author met while traveling through Mexico. Posed, often with a prop in hand, they are a testimony to the questions the author struggled with while observing the local reality. Will the fact that you can earn money from tradition allow it to survive? What can be saved in the word when the material world changes around? Is the loosening of the bond between man and nature only a temporary state? And is there something immortal in the features of the face?
The project is accompanied by the book MILPA. Photos from individual trips are built up in it. Memories come alive at unexpected moments. The experiences of one journey affect the course of the next. Cameras and ways of seeing change. Sometimes the author tries to catch something within the definition, sometimes he only notes a loose impression.
"Milpa" is an invitation to get to know - a foreign culture, yourself.
The patron of the project is Nikon Polska.
Fot. Anna Kaczmarek