(Article of periodic en Anglais - 2014)

Document title

Artistic Perceptions of Poles in London

Authors(s) and Affiliation(s)

Kusek Weronika Anna (1) ; Wise Nicholas (2) ;
(1) Department of Geography, Kent State University
(2) Department of Business Management, Glasgow Caledonian University


Since Poland joined the European Union in 2004 there has seen a surge in migration from Poland to the UK. There are believed to be approximately 550,000 Poles working and living in the UK seeking economic opportunities, and many are attracted specifically to London. This study offers a unique contribution to the migration literature by analysing artistic images that underscore themes pertinent to Polish migrants in London. Nineteen images are included in the analysis and all were produced by Polish students from the University of Arts in Poznan, Poland. The purpose of this analysis is to gain an understanding of how students in Poland perceive Poles currently working and living in London. Therefore, this study seeks knowledge produced through artwork associating transnational sentiment. The analysis critically reflects upon two emerged themes: (1) seeking economic opportunity (i.e. labour migration) and (2) forging presence in another locale (i.e. sense of place and communication difficulties). To further support interpretations and discussions pertaining to each theme, notions of in place/out of place are considered in accordance to discussions of geographical perception, transnational migration, and identity formation.

On offre une contribution unique à la littérature sur la migration en analysant des images artistiques qui mettent en valeur des thèmes bien adaptés aux migrants polonais à Londres. On cherche à mieux comprendre comment les étudiants de Pologne perçoivent les Polonais qui travaillent et vivent à Londres. On cherche aussi les connaissances produites par les oeuvres d'art auxquelles on peut associer un sentiment transnational. On considère les notions d'ici et d'ailleurs qui s'accordent avec les débats sur la perception géographique, la migration transnationale et la formation de l'identité


Article of periodic

published at : Scottish geographical journal / ISSN 1751-665X

Editor : Taylor & Francis, Abingdon - ROYAUME-UNI (1999)

Millesime : 2014, vol. 130, no2 [pp. 99-115]
Published in 20140403

Bibliographic references : 56



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Go to electronic document thanks to its DOI : 10.1080/14702541.2013.854403

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