Using photography and research to break the stereotypes

Masha Wysocka, an artist who lives between Belgium and Spain, breaks down stereotypes attributed to immigrants through photography and research.

An article that was published by FK Magazine explains the journey of Masha Wysocka on her new project which aims to break the clishe toward the migrants. In this article, Wysocka underlines that people from former Spanish colonies have become an integral part of Spanish culture over the years. The artist also says that immigrants coming from different cultures and languages ​​have become Spanish citizens over time and that they are not treated independently of Spanish culture and are often described with the expression ‘invasive plants’.

“I use photography and research to break these stereotypes”, says Wysocka. 

Wysocka compares immigrants’ becoming citizens of the countries they visit to the process of incorporating exotic plants in nature into a new environment, with an interesting perspective and attributes this comparison to a different way of review.  

As a result of having a long tradition of cultivating exotic plant species, Wysocka likened Spain to the ‘gardens of naturalisation’ for foreigners in the European Union since the country hosts a lot of immigration today. 

The project aims to expand the definition of Hispanic identity and it is supported by the Mead Fellowship Award from the University of the Arts London. For more information, read the full article.