Title: Disco Polo
Publication: June 2015, London
Edition: First, Artist Dummy
Printrun: one of one
Format: Hardback, lay-flat binding
Size: 21 x 29,7 cm
Number of pages: 110 pages with 75 images
Type of printing: Inkjet-print
Type of paper: c-type
Essay: Natalia Domagala
Read the essay here.
'Disco Polo is a collection of photographs presenting visual chaos in the common space. Neon colours replacing grey plattenbau from the Polish People's Republic, false plants in granite flowerpots, a roadside palm tree in a winter landscape.'
- Michał Dąbrowski, Culture.pl
Disco Polo documents the aesthetics in Eastern Poland after 1989. This publication focuses on the mixed influences from East and West, the effects of global capitalism on the Polish landscape dominated by consuming colourful advertising. Lack of experts in local housing associations resulted in randomly chosen shades, turning the streets into a vivid collage of pastel tower blocks. Project presents kitsch of rough-and-ready billboards, suburban night-clubs and bright-coloured concrete blocks. It explores omnipresent visual chaos in the urban landscape and search for a ‘better world'.
Title ‘Disco Polo’ represents locally popular music genre of the same name, which developed in Eastern Poland around the time of the political transition. The genre created its own aesthetics, from the outfits to the venues where it is performed. Naive lyrics and over-saturated video clips often embody longing for western capitalism and hope for better future.
Second self-published edition of the artist dummy in 150 copies was launched at Dadiani Fine Art Gallery in London, September 2016.
More about this project:
Disco Polo was shortlisted for Bar Tur Photobook Award 2015 organised by The Photographer's Gallery and shortlisted for Belfast Photo Festival Open Submission 2017.