Anna Grzelewska’s project, Julia Wannabe, tells us what it means to become a woman

Cf504b24 988e 404c 948b 6bb8b5b7721c

Anna Grzelewska is a photographer and director of documentary films. She was born in Warsaw in 1976 and she still lives there. A student of Cultural Studies at the University of Warsaw, she also graduated at Warsaw School of Wajda, and attended the Institut Tviirti Fotografie (ITF) in Opava, Czech Republic. Her photographs have been published, among others, in the following magazines: The Guardian, Geo, Election, Politics, cross section, Newsweek Poland, Rzeczpospolita, Elle, Beauty of Life, Exklusiv, Kikimora and Gaga.

About ‘Julia Wannabe’:

“Julia Wannabe” is a project that shows Julia, Anna Grzelewska’s daughter, growing up.

The purpose of this project was to go in search of a woman’s identity, exploring in depth the moment of transition that leads a girl to become a woman. There is something ambiguous and perturbing in this transition. Popular culture pictures childhood as a land of happiness: sweet and innocent. Our memory also tends to wipe any flaws off this image.

While shooting Julia, Anna Grzelewska wanted to look at the process of growing up in a more complex way. It is not a reportage, a diary or a family album, but an attempt to capture the universality of this period. It is also a photographic reinterpretation of a psychological process of transferring — a photographic image is the result of Julia’s experience and Anna Grzelewska memory of it.

The title of the project is a reference to the “Madonna wannabe” phenomenon. Girls who listen to Madonna’s music dress up and use make-up to look exactly like her. With these external attributes they try to discover the essence of being Madonna, the essence of femininity she embodies. Paradoxically, it helps them to express themselves.

Bf53de61 B6f5 4903 B14f 38344cb7e831

Bc41f5e0 Ccfa 4d5e 84f8 Cc5b7aab646c

B4247ed2 90a2 4b4c Aec8 18169b40375a

B0111e93 1742 4082 B3fb Af5dcf4d36a8

B9f71a32 C463 40ba 95bd Cddb74bc9ed5

7252849f 8666 447d A954 4a651a17b512

16473d85 53f7 44cb B028 Ff6699927d1c

2919fa35 74f9 4b20 8aab Ae768e231e8f

82a4200c F5cf 4307 8479 663cbdc2a419

67dd8e99 76c7 4334 96ec 81b037e8968c

49b8ff9a 4f69 456b A8f5 6d2beb01ce62

9a6e6819 C230 4399 87bb 081d56655fbb

7d81d5f1 7db4 4103 Ab8d A1d86778b537

7b1f41f4 2b9d 4b28 894e 91464ff2f65c

4f38e880 Ba94 4cae 8ab4 45407a793445

4b291c2f D32d 4f91 A266 27cbac0ddaeb

3e374fd5 268f 4797 962d 35a352493280

1afb0b13 C659 4664 A679 34273aa93050

Time to read
3 min
Words by
Published on
26 November 2018
Filed under

, , , , , , , , , , , ,

Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn Email
The aim of a shop is to collect cool stuff.
Ours is to gather the coolest.