The photographic series
Dom dziecka (The House Starves When You Are Away) was created during the artist’s trip to Poland and her visits to eleven orphanages around the country. Shibli focused on portraying the living conditions of children deprived of homes. She observed that they were rarely left alone and, when adapting to the rules, created a peculiar social organism. The lack of typical family relations made the children emotionally dependent on each other, and created strong ties. The artist has concentrated on individuals, their customs, and how they organise private space (e.g. using wall decorations). She has also portrayed children in their sleep, the rare moments of solitude. As was the case in Shibli’s previous photography projects, here too there is no feeling of sensation or emotional exaggeration. .
Medium: colour photography
Format: 77×60 cm
Ownership form: collection Source: Ahlam Shibli Index: MSN: 4300-33-1/2011 Acquisition date: Dec 1, 2011 Financing source: Purchased with the support of Ministry of Culture and National Heritage