Jagoda Wiśniewska is a Polish photographer, currently based in Lausanne, Switzerland.
Presented project, entitled Czarna Madonna is an outcome of Jagoda’s observations of harmful sides of love. Within one year of working with her subjects, Jagoda examined the conflicting dynamics of the mother-child relationship, meanwhile exploring the fantastical aspects of family environment.
Extensively inspired by stories of her grandmother, Jagoda was able to link her own memories and reflections on the topic, creating an impressive visual narration on family relationships.
“Through this series of photographs that are translated into a photographic book I hoped to represent the duality that family life and family relationships have: the very simple division between good and bad, the real and the imaginary, and this constant flow and circulation of those forces in our life,” shared her thoughts Jagoda. While investigating the possibilities of photography itself, Jagoda found it not only as a tool to capture the moment, but a way to separate from the experiences or memories. Photographs in Czarna Madonna stand as a visual representation of loss and of letting go off. As the child individuates from the mother, so the process of taking a picture can fill this role for the photographer. Thus the figure of the mother exists as a metaphorical symbol linked with loss and the act of preservation through photographic practice.