Karolina Lajch

portrait of Karolina

Karolina Lajch was born in Warsaw, Poland but moved to the United States early into her childhood.
Having grown up navigating between two continents and two cultures sparked her interest in the notion ofidentity. Karolina has always been interested in how the human brain works, especially how it stores information and what this means in terms of identity and individuality. She chose to explore this fascination and her identity in her graduating thesis work, in which she revisits distant memories of her childhood through her family archive.

Pamiętasz? (Do You Remember?) 

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Pamiętasz? (Do You Remember?) is an exploration of the reliability of human memory, specifically the unreliable nature of my own. Through these (re)compositions of my family archive, I explore the ready-made realities of my past and simultaneously form new interpretations. 

...the coupling of two realities, irreconcilable in appearance, upon a plane which apparently does not suit them…. 

These visions called themselves new planes, because of their meeting in a new unknown (the plane of non-agreement).” 

- Max Ernst, “What is the Mechanism of Collage?”, 1936