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How to Rejuvenate an Eagle.

Photographs by Adam Lach. Text by Dyba Lach. Photo editing and sequencing by Rafał Milach. Text edited by Olga Gitkiewicz. Translation by Wojtek Jablonski. Book design by Ania Nałęcka / Tapir Book Design.
self-published, Warsaw, Poland, 2020. Unpaged, 8½x12".



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Publisher's Description

How to Rejuvenate an Eagle is the result of 16,000 kilometres, over 70 interviews, three and a half years traveling through Poland – Poland of tribes, an imposing patchwork of history, cultures and myths, fascinating and lost, trapped in time.

“We wanted to find out what people’s lives really look like, what they believe in, what unites them. In 2017, as a writer-photographer reporting team, we set out to explore and understand our country, its complexity and ambiguity. We traveled 16 000 km in three years. In our journey we were looking for an answer to a question of what shapes Polish identity today. We faced Polish stereotypes rooted in the culture and everyday life. We talked to people, asked about what being a Pole means to them, what is the meaning of community, belonging and strangeness. We have observed that reality is much more complex than TV stories, Facebook feeds and common beliefs.” — Adam Lach

“We have also been trying to understand the concept of border, searching for the meaning of the term and trying to find out if it even truly matters in the joined-up world of today, in a member country of the European Union. Because of Polish history, we are very familiar with this term. Borders were changed throughout the ages, the most acute changes appeared in 19th and 20th centuries, because of international agreements, wars, partitions.

Today, to the borders we have already known, a new one, tangible, has been added – 1.5 meter sanitary rigor. It appeared just when our journey was coming to an end. Over the three years of our work we found out that borders are quite easy to determine, but very hard to get rid of. They last for many years, remain even after such tragic events as II World War, Holocaust, resettlement, Communism.. We realised Poland is a patchwork of societies, religions, nationalities, views, a collection of tribes. For hundreds of years, Poland was an open, diverse, multi-faith country, a mixture of cultures. This has not changed. It is something we need to be reminded of. Yet it seems quite difficult with the society trapped in time.’’ — Dyba Lach

About the Limited Edition

Special Edition of 30: Unique signed and numbered package, includes a copy of the book with a signed archival pigment print.
Image size: 8x10¾ inches; Paper size: 8¼x11 inches. ​
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