Title: Disco Polo
Publication: September 2016 London
Edition: Second, 150 copies
Size: 240 x 170mm
Format: Hardback, Linnen over board cover,
Deboss outer cover, Section sewn, Case bound
Type of paper: 170gsm Galerie Plus Matt
Type of printing: Litho 4+4 + Matt coating
Number of pages: 84 with 45 images
Essay: Natalia Domagala
Printed by: Evolution Print
Price: £25 + Shipment
Read the essay here.
'This picture of a plastic palm tree in the fog is from Paulina Korobkiewicz’s Disco Polo project, documenting the aesthetic of Poland’s transition to global capitalism after 1989. It’s an interesting example of how Western consumerism impacted the minds, tastes, dreams, aspirations and visual culture of the country. Many oppositions meet in this shot: not just East and West. There is a sense of melancholy to it, as well as a sense of humour. This photo of a modern non-place could exist in any corner of the world —but it also reflects something very unique to Poland.'
- Ekow Eshun and Anastasiia Fedorova, Post-Soviet Visions: image and Indentity in the New Eastern Europe, It's Nice That
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'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.