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A Covid kind of day, 2020

Marzena Wasikowska

Living Memory Finalist

At the height of the 2020 Covid-19 lockdowns in Sydney and Melbourne, some respite from the social upheaval was possible on the far south coast of New South Wales for those who were able to escape restrictions on movement. However, the psychological impact of the pandemic was ever-present. My daughter, Mia, granddaughter, Olympia, and the sublime Tathra landscape became unwitting visual symbols for conflicting extremes associated with the pandemic – hope or despair, opportunity or catastrophe, life or death.

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Living Memory

Other NPPP photos from Marzena Wasikowska

Chaos 1 from series Negotiating the family portrait, 2017 by Marzena Wasikowska
2018 Finalist
Negotiating a family portrait-a study of history, myth and identity, 2015 Family, 2015 by Marzena Wasikowska
2016 Finalist
Negotiating a family portrait – a study of history, myth and identity, 2014 by Marzena Wasikowska
2015 Finalist
Jess, Danny and Mia, 2010 by Marzena Wasikowska
2011 Finalist
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