Bird in Flight Prize ’18 finalist: Wild Fields
Project of the Polish photographer Michał Sierakowski shortlisted for the Bird in Flight Prize ’18.
Michał Sierakowski, Poland
To give a frame to any structure, one has to create a narration that would divide people onto those taking part and those outside of it. In case of a state, a myth utilises symbols – poets, brave soldiers, progressive industrialisation, magnificence of the landscape. Changes in structure require corresponding changes of myth itself – changes of banners, parts of history and eternal allies.
The project focuses on relations between Ukrainian landscape and the national identity of present Ukraine – constantly changing in a process of shaping the national myth out of various elements of the past. Myth-creating function of heritage, idea of patriotism suspended between modern nationalism and romantic-era backbone, legacy of communism and finally the pantheon of modern heroes – all of these elements, leaving a trace in the landscape and social structure, construct a narrative about contemporary Ukraine, just as unassuming and changing shape as the myth of framework of national structure.