Anna Grzelewska is a photographer and director of documentary films. She was born in Warsaw In 1976 and continues to live there. A student of Cultural Studies at the University of Warsaw, she also graduated from the 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.
„JULIA WANNABE” project shows growing up of my daughter Julia. My purpose was to ,.earch for sources of woman’s identity and to approach to the moment when a girl becomes a woman. There is something ambiguous and perturbing in this transition. The culture pictures childhood as a land of happiness: sweet and innocent. Also, our memory tends to wipe any flaws out of this image. Shooting Julia I wanted to look at the process of growing up in a more comp* way. It is not a reportage, a diary or family album, but an attempt to capture the universality of this time. It is also a photographic reinterpretation of the psychological process of transfer – the photographic image is the result of Julia’s experience and my own childhood memories.
The tittle of the project is a reference to „Madonna wannabe” (=Me., who listen to Madonna’s music are dressing and doing make-up` exar tly like she does. With these external attributes they try to discover the escense of being Madonna, the essence of femininity she embodies. Paradoxically, it helps them to express themselves.