(So) Who Are You
Portraits of mixed heritage Poles
An ongoing photography project. I take portraits of mixed-heritage Poles and ask the same set of questions to each:
1 / When do you feel Polish?
2 / When do you not feel Polish?
3 / What does it mean to you to be of mixed heritage?
Although some answers are specific to Polish culture, most are universal enough to be understood anywhere.
Mixed heritage Poles is a subject that, at least as far as I'm aware, wasn't taken up in Poland too much, if at all.
I hope that shedding some light on those will help in seeing the rarely seen, less obvious side of the issues surrounding national identity and – more generally – feeling of belonging to a larger group. Reality is often far more nuanced than we'd like to think, and mixed heritage people are, by their very existence, a beautiful exemplification of just that.
The title is a reference to a classic patriotic song taught in Polish elementary schools, "Kto ty jesteś? Polak mały" ("Who are you? A little Pole").
See the site here: ktotyjest.es/en