Dawid Zieliński

Trübsal an Oder und Neiße / FAZ / October 2023

“Trouble on the Oder and Neisse” for FAZ
- a pre-election look at Polish-German relationships in border region
of Western Pomerania among intensifying anti-German rhetoric by
(just-about-to-become-former) PiS government.

“Nobody in Polish
Pomerania is upset about Bismarck and Fontane anymore. Hot topics today
are a planned container port and the German tourist tax.”

by Gerhard Gnauck

Dans les Beskides, la coexistence de deux Pologne, l’une libérale, l’autre conservatrice / Le Monde / October 2023

“In the Beskidy Mts, the coexistence of two Polands, one liberal, the other conservative”

Recent pre-election story for Le Monde about two neighbouring communities, separated by a mountain, making
strikingly different voting choices. People in Wisła vote liberal while
vast majority of Istebna residents vote conservative. Poland in a

The reality on the ground turned out to be much more complex (as it usually is)

text by Jakub Iwaniuk

Museum Folkwang / September 2023

The Archive of Public Protests’s show at the Folkwang Museum

in Essen, Germany on September 21st as well as the launch of the latest pro-choice A-P-P Strike Newspaper #9.

What’s more, serious chunk of the
A-P-P archive will become part of the Museum’s collection. As you may
know A-P-P is quite ephemeral so we’re glad the archive becomes part of
this important institutional resource that can serve for future
explorations and performances.

Wut uber den Weizen / FAZ / September 2023

“Anger about wheat” for Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

stands by Ukraine like no other country. But grain imports from
neighboring country are causing discontent among farmers. A visit to the
farm during the election campaign.”
text by Gerhard Gnauck
day among the farmers in eastern Poland as they struggle to navigate
between dropping grain prices, Ukraine cereals flowing in and vague
politicians’ promises as elections close.

Warschau will bald die stärkste Armee Europas haben / FAZ / August 2023

Featured in “Warsaw wants to soon have the strongest army in Europe” by Gerhard Gnauck


Are military picnics part of a recruitment strategy?
picnics are an increasingly popular pastime in Poland. They offer
military-related entertainment such as shooting range or tank rides and
aim to boost patriotism, build relations and trust with the army and
create positive connotations related to military service. They attract
crowds, including kids, teenagers and young adults, a crucial
demographic in light of recent plans of The Ministry of National Defense
to create an army of more than 300,000 troops by 2035 to guard against
Russia’s imperial ambitions.
A fundamental challenge is a
shortage of personnel and financial burden of such undertaking. The main
problem is a shortage of volunteers (recruitment problems are a
challenge for almost all NATO member states, including the United
States). In other words, in the near future there will be fewer young
people (and therefore potential soldiers), while an aging population
requiring increased financial expenditures for social and health care
will increase. This project will ultimately face limitations as a result
of demographics and Polish demographic forecasts are very poor.

Hier entsteht das neue Krakau / FAZ / July 2023

“This is where the new Kraków is born” - a feature photographed a while ago for Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung about Nowa Huta district, where even though Soviet-era steel mill still
dominates the landscape, aparments are a bit more affordable, most
amenities are just around the corner, new bars and clubs are emerging
and green spaces are plentiful.

Kampf um den Papst / FAZ / May 2023

My recent contribution to Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung feature about John Paul II troubled legacy ahead of Poland’s parliamentary elections.

“John Paul II
was the father of the Polish nation for a long time. Now critics are
asking about his role in the abuse scandal. In Poland, the dispute over
the Catholic Church will become the battlefield of the upcoming
parliamentary elections.”
by Gerhard Gnauck

Geflüchtete aus der Ukraine: Wo sind sie alle hin?/ Die Zeit / January 2023

“Refugees from Ukraine: where have they all gone?”

Stories of two Ukrainian women, who, once arrived in Berlin, are choosing different life paths. I
photographed Valeriia, 28, in Kraków, Poland, on Jan 08, 2022. Valeriia
decided to leave Berlin for Kraków because of cultural proximity as
well as less troublesome refugee and immigration policy.

“Recently published survey by the Institute for Labor Market and
Occupational research (IAB) and other institutions shows that in autumn
only 17 Percentage of refugees from Ukraine who are of working age and
have a found a job. At the same time, according to the unanimous
perception in job centers and at professional associations, the majority
want to work. Something doesn’t add up.”

Story by Fabian Franke

No One Belongs Here More Than You / Fotograf Festival / September 2022

Together with APP I’m a part of a group exhibition “No One Belongs Here More Than You” in The National Gallery in Prague during Fotograf Festival in Prague, Czech Republik. So if you happen to be in beautiful Prague
anytime between now and Jan 8th, 2023, do yourself a favor and go see


“Who does belong here?
A seemingly simple question seems to be at the heart of much of the
current cultural debates, policy-making and social measures. The
question of belonging even becomes a threat for various people when they
do not fit into the imaginary homogeneous vision of a nation that is
advocated for by a growing number of proponents of the extreme right and
populism. The central exhibition of the Fotograf Festival presents
artistic strategies that recognise this attack on civil rights and
liberties, understanding it as symptomatic of the shift from a
democratic to an authoritarian political order. Departing from the
notion of chronopolitics, the exhibition contests political tendencies
that draw a coherent line from a pristine past to an idealised future
that must be defended against the supposed threats of diversity, gender
sensitivity, and the empowerment of marginalised groups. The presented
works of predominantly Central European artists accentuate the
historical conditioning of the current repressive tendencies, developing
possible forms of resistance by artistic means.”
(from exhibition statement)
23 Sep – 8 Jan 2023
Trade Fair Palace
The National Gallery in Prague (NGP)
Dukelských hrdinů 47, Prague 7
Tue–Sun, 10 am–6 pm

Politics in Art / Museum of Contemporary Art in Krakow MOCAK / April 2022

I am a part of new exhibition “Politics in Art” at Museum of Contemporary Art in Kraków curated by Maria Anna Potocka, Agnieszka Sachar and Martyna Sobczyk.

exhibition presents work of nearly 70 artists and explores “sceptical
and critical approach of contemporary artists to the actions of those in
power, exposing the artifice and mendacity of political strategies. It
demonstrates that in the name of ambition, the desire to remain in power
and the feeding of the dictatorial ego, politicians are capable of
lying, manipulation and murder. Artists oppose this, both as critics and
as soldiers.”

ALL UNDER ONE ROOF / Politico / March 2022

An assignment, one very close to my heart,
about Ukrainian families finding refuge in Polish homes. While Polish
government takes credit for helping refugees, it’s the individual
citizens and small NGOs who have been doing most of the heavy lifting,
at least in the first weeks of Russian invasion.

for POLITICO Europe

text by Zosia Wanat


At Ukrainian Border, Overwhelmed Guards, Volunteers Confront Exodus of Refugees Fleeing War / The Wall Street Journal / March 2022

MEDYKA, Poland—Within days of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine last week, the line
of cars carrying people fleeing to the country’s border with Poland was
already 55 miles long.”
“In wet snow and cold rain, mothers began
abandoning their cars to walk for hours, prodding exhausted children as
they dragged their strollers and suitcases along the road.”
the checkpoint, two Ukrainian immigration officers have been
frantically trying to keep up with one of the fastest exoduses from any
country in modern history.”

By Drew Hinshaw and Natalia Ojewska

on assignment for The Wall Street Journal


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