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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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People's Choice Award

Living Memory National Photographic Portrait Prize

Vote for your chance to win...
1 x Living Memory catalogue (RRP $49.95)
1 x night at Midnight hotel Autograph Collection
1 x annual family membership to the Circle of Friends
1 x double pass to any exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery in 2022

The photographer who receives the most votes in the People’s Choice Award will receive $5,000 from The David Roche Foundation.

Voting closes Sunday 17 October 2021. Terms and conditions apply.

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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A Covid kind of day, 2020 Marzena Wasikowska
A Covid kind of day, 2020 Marzena Wasikowska
A Covid kind of day, 2020 Marzena Wasikowska
A Covid kind of day, 2020 Marzena Wasikowska

Studio visit

Marzena Wasikowska

To be rescheduled

Join us for a visit to the studio of Living Memory finalist, Marzena Wasikowska, where she will generously share aspects of her photographic practice.

Drought story, 2020 Joel B. Pratley
Drought story, 2020 Joel B. Pratley
Drought story, 2020 Joel B. Pratley
Drought story, 2020 Joel B. Pratley

Living Memory

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