Impreggnation

Polish photographer Natalia Sliwowska explores the issue of fertility and homosexuality in her brilliant mixed-media art project.

The series is stemming from the photographer’s own internal conflict she’s encountered after leaving her motherland, Poland, and moving to the Netherlands. Newly found sexual freedom and openness suddenly clashed with the restrictions of sexuality exercized by the highly conservative catholic establishment currently overtaking over Poland.

The subjects of Natalia’s shoot are Manu and Max, a long-term couple. Through her camera lens, she studied the intimacy and emotion between the two, then using witty symbolism to link it to the topic of fertility and its place amidst what she calls “the environmental and moral changes.” The project, which was originally presented at MURMUR Sex and Love event in Groningen, can also be seen as a commentary on the ever-present discussion on gay and queer parenting, swaying many European countries at the moment.

 

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Natalia Sliwowska: Website, Instagram
Text: Anna Wim

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