Palace of Culture / Warsaw / 15.09.2019
Warsaw, the capital city of Poland. During World War II, it was completely demolished by the Germans, and rebuilt by the determination and strength of the survivors. Deceived by allies, it fell into the trap of Soviet communism. Communism in Poland was the consequence of betrayal by allies and the handing over of the country to Russian and Polish communists. We survived the war and won, communism died and the Soviet Union fell apart. Warsaw stands. And in the heart of Warsaw stands the Palace of Culture. A majestic monument to the arrogance of communism. A symbol of building a state of prosperity and science. A symbol of hardworking and obedient people. As always, only monuments remain after such ideas. People forget. They often want to forget as quickly as possible and demolish the monuments by erecting new ones. But monuments are there to serve as a reminder. And as long as they stand, we remember.
The sky over Berlin / Germany / 08.07.2019
We’re returning from Venice. Flying in the clouds. As white as in fog. Clouds are basically fog. Water droplets that, when they become big enough, get heavier and fall to the ground. As rain. Like microscopic bombs they fall to the ground. But they don’t destroy it. They irrigate it, bringing life. Unless there are more and more of them. Downpours raise river levels. Rivers flood and fertilise the soil. Unless housing estates were built in these places. Then the water floods the estates, not the fields. And when it’s warm, the water droplets heat up and levitate to the sky. When they cool down, they fall again. Over and over again. Unless there’s something missing along the way. Hot or cold.
Dorota Falkowska, the second half of the global MCOD duet, holding the frame.
Each photograph used during the journey stops being luggage, changes its destiny, takes on a new life. It creates a unique travel sack with a story in the background. Always just one. One shot, one sack. Luggage (no excess)