Coal Story is a social documentary evolving around the largest coal mine company in the European Union located near the city of Jastrzebie Zdroj, in the southern region of the most industrialised part of Poland - Silesia. This ongoing body work is a photographic survey that considers the aftermath of the communist regime in this particular part of Poland and highlights the social and political capacity of the miners. Their actions resulted in far-reaching consequences during the communist regime for Polish citizens, and wider Europe.The project combines contemporary photography and archival research dating back to the 1960s. Coal Story poses important questions that are associated with legendary Solidarity's values, the movement's legacy and influence in contemporary Polish society.
Kathrin Baumbach • Catherine Coleman • Eoin Comiskey • Stephen Comiskey • Holly Cullen • Sean Englishby • Deirdre Finnerty • Darek Fortas • Deirdre Haughney • Tony Kinlan • Caitriona Lawless • Aileen Miller • Sean Murphy • Cornelia Nauenberg • Liisa Neste • Noel Noblett • Clive O'Donohoe • Ciara O'Halloran • Sarah Orr • Gillian Prenderville • Paddy Ryan • Ciúin Tracey • Anna Wickham •