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Ogrodowa/Garden Street Project

© Urszula Tarasiewicz, Poland, Finalist

Garden Street, A project documenting flats after evictions on Garden Street. 150 families left the building. It was the first residential complex for workers in 1880 in the new industrial city of Lodz.

Izrael Poznański (1833-1900) is regarded as being one of the icons of Łódź. His monumental factory just across Ogrodowa street along with the laborers’ tenement houses, is a true city within a city. In its best years nearly 7000 people in total worked and lived here.

The moment Poznański’s empire fell after the World War II was the beginning of the estate’s and all of its inhabitants’ long agony. Its fate was concluded with the decommission of the Poltex company in 1991. Famuły became a no man’s land, its residents left to their own devices.

The project 100 Tenement houses in Łódź, thanks to which a major renovation of the Poznański’s factory housing estate started in 2014 was preceded by a long process of relocating all the residents. It was during this time I began to document the empty flats. The famuły rooms stun with their ruthlessness, their coldness, with the visibly absent inhabitants.