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Stay Forever More

Stay Forever More is a reflection on my childhood and adolescence, delving into and confronting difficult memories. This is a project about identity, which speaks to my experience of emigrating from my home in Poland to county Mayo, Ireland when I was six. It evokes and reflects upon the desire to feel connected and to be at home. While the project explores feelings of liminality and belonging, it is also a love letter to the complexities of my hometown, Castlebar, and what it means to be Irish. I left Castlebar five years ago but now returning to photograph the hometown that I felt I had to run away from, it feels completely different. The inertia of the small town that I thought would drag me down now calls, as the living costs in Dublin continue to mount, forcing many to emigrate.