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Blazej Marczak – Zeitgeist

Blazej Marczak

The Neighbours


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The Neighbours is a portrait of contemporary and multicultural Scottish society. In this new world of connectivity and global exchange, anyone can become your neighbour regardless the nationality, cultural or religious background. The current political climate is eroding the benefits of a diverse society and I wanted to remind us of the significance of the wonderful cultural mosaic we are living in. Reasons for migrations vary from the political, the economical and to curiosity, a wanderlust. My aim was to illustrate this variety by meeting and photographing people who have moved from their countries of birth and settled in Scotland.
To highlight that migration and multicultural societies are not a new occurrence I researched communities and individuals who came to Scotland many years ago. Polish soldiers who stayed here after the Second World War or Jewish families who settled down in Scotland in the 19th century or after the war are good examples.