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Institute of Reportage: The New Polis - questionnaire

Founders of the Suwałki-based Fundacja Miasto (City Foundation) and protagonists of Anna Kuczyńska article, “The New Polis”, answer questions prepared by students of the Polish School of Reportage.

Name, age:
AP: Adam Pogorzelski, 31.
Olga Pogorzelska, 28.

Place of birth:
AP: Sejny.
OP: Suwałki.

My place today:
AP: Changes according to circumstances.
OP: Suwałki.

I am…
AP: Indefinable.
OP: A woman.

I do…
AP: With pleasure.
OP: Whenever I want.

I was…
AP: Younger.
OP: A child.

I will be…
AP: Older
OP: An old lady.

Culture is…
AP: Everything that is human.
OP: Everything that is created by man.

Poland is…
AP: A (nation) state.
OP: My little homeland.

Europe is…
AP: A political idea.
OP: My big homeland.

My environment starts…
AP: In my head.
OP: It doesn’t start.

My environment ends…
AP: Where my thoughts do.
OP: It doesn’t end.

What I do is important because…
AP: It concerns me too.
OP: It brings me joy.

A movie that has recently impacted me profoundly was…
AP: Andrei Zvyagintsev’s “Izgnanie” – aesthetically perfect.
OP: Fatih Akin’s “Soul Kitchen” because it talks about love through the lens of kitchen scents and flavors.

A book that has recently impacted me profoundly was…
AP: Bruce Chatwin’s “Songlines” – thanks to it I know why I always want to be on the move.
OP: Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt’s “The Most Beautiful Book in the World” because it contains eight wonderful stories told by women.

My biggest influence was…
AP: My birthday.
OP: My family.

This year I’d like to…
AP: Have more time to think.
OP: Have the time for some boredom.

In five years, I’d like to…
AP: Wake up as I did today, next to the person I love.
OP: Be with the same person I’m with today.


Translated by Wojciech Góralczyk

The questionnaire is a supplement to “The New Polis”, an article written by Anna Kuczyńska as part of a series of reportages on grassroots cultural/social initiatives in various Polish cities. They were created especially for ECC by students of the Polish School of Reportage established at the Institute of Reportage in Warsaw