Ula Wiznerowicz

Photographer
Displacement
Location: Amsterdam
Nationality: Polish
Biography: Â Ula Wiznerowicz (b. 1986) studied a BA Hons Degree in Photography at Middlesex University (2010). Her photographs have been exhibited widely with solo shows in Italy, England and Poland. Working mainly within social documentary photography,... MORE
Public Story
Displacement
Copyright Ula Wiznerowicz 2022
Updated Nov 2012

In January 2010 the Tomislawice Stripmine opened in central western Poland. Consisting of a series of open pits scattered across the area, it is run by the state-owned company Konin Mine, which extracts brown coal for use by the power industry.  

Lignite, or brown coal, supplies 93 percent of Poland’s energy and three nearby power stations burn materials from the Konin mines. The initial impact of open-cast mining highly physical, causing local lakes to disappear, forests to dry up and water supplies to dwindle. Local residents and Greenpeace activists argue that open-cast mining, which sucks up water within a several-kilometre radius, will rapidly drain the shallow Lake Goplo within a few years.

I documented and interviewed the families who have been left on the edge of The Tomislawice Stripmine, both those who’ve stayed and those who’ve received new housing through compulsory displacement or voluntary relocation packages. 

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