In 9 GATES OF NO RETURN Agata Grzybowska presents 9 persons who for various reasons and life choices have decided to give up their lives in the city and settle in the woods of the Bieszczady Mountains, south-eastern Poland. Bieszczady, which for many are a symbol of freedom and direct, tangible contact with nature, became a trap for them, which they cannot get out from. They live far away from other people, often without electricity and running water, in the huts they built themselves.
Why did they make such decisions? What was driving them? What did they run away from? What did they want to achieve in this way? What the loneliness and melancholy is for them? These are just some of the questions that Grzybowska is trying to answer with 9 GATES OF NO RETURN.
Comprised of two parts, Grzybowska’s book contains extremely powerful portraits and landscapes printed inquadtones, accompanied by colourful polaroids and memorable handwritten interviews. All photographs were taken during several Grzybowska’s winter stays in the Bieszczady Mountains.
Photographs: Agata Grzybowska
Proverb: Stefano de Luigi | VII Photo
Design: Aneta Kowalczyk
Photo edition: Agata Grzybowska, Grzegorz Kosmala, Aneta Kowalczyk, Aleksandra Szymczyk, Anna Theiss
Interviews: Agata Grzybowska
Publisher: BLOW UP PRESS
Hardcover, canvas with two bindings, 200 pages, 74 photographs
24 ×32.7 Cm
Print run: 1000 copies
ISBN: 978-83-939917-5-4 EN