Certain friendships are endless. We could again participate in the exchange of small gifts between the little girls Diana, Julia and Nina. In addition to the previously donated Eli doll, the sisters prepared painted works to hang on the wall, and Salma from Essen made a dream catcher herself. We passed everything on to Diana thanks to the kind mediation of Joanna Bednarska. The sun drawn in thanks is Diana’s work, it is a continuation of friendship …
The first doll from the PROMISE OF BEAUTY project went to Diana. Diana comes from Ukraine, she is treated in Łódź and she doesn’t have many friends here. The Ela doll made by ten-year-old Julia with her mother and sister may be with her forever. To be Diana’s friend, to be her treasure.
We would like to thank the Gajusz Foundation and, above all, Joanna Bednarska for the delivery of letters and a doll to the girl’s hands. A wonderful, touching moment when joy was created. Let’s be happy together with her.
Bartek fell ill with leukemia and must undergo a bone marrow transplant. He has been in the hospital for weeks and has no chance of going home. We found out that Bartek loves to play on Xbox, but remotely with his brother.
We managed to make Bartek’s dream come true and, more importantly, the Xbox was delivered on his birthday. We are happy that we were able to please the boy in this difficult time for him and his family.
I?ll tell you my story
I’ll tell you my story
Museum in High School
In the area of ??activities for the development of science, education, education and upbringing, we promote and support the new educational project of the Niezła Sztuka Foundation addressed to youth and schools – “Museum in the High School”. Details are available at www.muzeumwliceum.pl
We create the world together
Drawings for the hospital
Children for children
Help for seriously ill Julia
Happy ending story
For children in Malawi
Visit at TV Studio
One small step behind the sea
To the tsunami victims
“Children of the world”
The photo album
We have a pleasure to inform that the photo album Children of the world written by Jolanta Królikowska has appeared. It contains children and doll?s portraits from all over the world, particularly from Africa and South America. The book consists of ten chapters, has over 200 pages and is published in Polish and English languages. The purchase of the photo album will support projects of our foundation. One-third of the price of the book will be put into charity.
You can order the book by sending an email to the publisher: firstname.lastname@example.org
Prof. Dr. Dariusz Lebioda
Children are our greatest treasure. They are the wonderful, priceless future of this world. Miraculously born and quick to learn the significances of dimensions, shapes, colours, sounds, tastes and smells. As the days, months and years pass, they watch with wide eyes, absorbing everything around them, trying to show their relatives and chance acquaintances their vitality by smiling at animals, dolls and toys. Their tiny hearts beat rhythmically and evenly but when the heart rhythm becomes faster, they turn into barometers of the world that indicate abuse within existence. This is why we love them so much, hug them tightly and care and cherish them. We want them to be happy, but above all else, we protect them within our homes and families. Amongst the largest human injustices is wounding a child, with tears on their cheek, sadness in their eyes, melancholy complaints. And yet, there are many places in the world where these tiny individuals suffer and live in fear, crying without reason, their parents feeling their small hands trembling. Childhood should be a time of love and joy, but so often turns into a grim spectacle playing out before the whole world. What of it, that harming a child is treated by all cultures as a crime committed by humanity; what of it, that one always hears voices of dissent and opposition, when people are constantly found who care nothing for this, conflicts are always arising, in which the innocent die. It is in the early years where human personality takes shape, becoming the foundation of his future achievements, his creative intentions, his fulfilments, his humanity and his fate. It is from here that his paths lead to mountain heights, towards vast plains and to the beginning of wisdom and admired achievements. Every great writer, philosopher, astronaut, builder, all politicians and artists, composers and travellers have had their own childhood. It is not surprising, therefore, that authors of biographies, scholars and archivists begin their stories from the early years and moments when momentous future of man, starts to develop. These are attempts to show the development of someone who will leave a significant mark in history and will influence both his contemporaries and future generations. Not every child becomes a spiritual guide, not all children achieve success, but every one of them has in their tiny hearts the primary energy for the potential of their future achievements, for their light and bright moments, for applause and joy that will make their dreams come true.
Jolanta Królikowska has collected a magnificent range of fragile and gentle moments of a child?s world, their first and subsequent moments, frozen and fixed in the frame of the camera and retained forever in their uniqueness and symbolic dimension. The unusual beauty of photographs here, match the internal and external beauty of children from different parts of the world, children peeking curiously into the lens, and unexpectedly captured, lost in thought, in sadness or in cheerfulness. These are subtle portraits, arranged in the great fresco of humanity, constantly and encountering difficulties along their way ? this is a panorama of our species presented with a sense of mission, saving forever what might have been missed for centuries and millennia. Now captured and presented in a geographical sequence, it has become a value beyond estimation, making the artistic achievement of one person a success globally. It is like being on the other side of terrible television reports, information which shows that a human being is good, and that can develop their childhood into a bright successful future. This is proved by the author herself that within this incredible album and highly rated artistic undertaking, the author has revealed her own childhood which shaped her life towards achieving success. She has had other experiences previously; endless journeys, meeting millions of people, watching small children intently, recording their uniqueness, sadness, joy, reflection, the light in their faces. It is not often possible to see so much beauty and goodness in one book, so many multi-coloured eyes, different complexions and hair styles. It is not often possible for the photographer to present within the photographs, existential thoughts, the ethos of humanity and being constantly transformed in subsequent stages of development. Whoever these children will be in the future, they are presented here as gentle, fleeting human beings staring at the future and eternity of existence. The glance of a two, three, five-year-old can be amazingly wise, as if they had lived in a mysterious world and had carried a rapidly disappearing knowledge of metaphysical travel. Children are good-natured. A child can look with bright eyes at colourful blocks or white clouds in a blue sky. A child can watch the world through rose-coloured spectacles and can show considerable affection even for trees outside their house. These photographs explore the recesses of a child?s mind. They represent a child?s thoughts. Their shining eyes reflect the mysteries of the world. It seems to be an analysis of movements and gestures of the growing child who is deciding what life means for them.
It is difficult to portray a part of an ordinary life in a photograph. It is difficult to make a single photograph part of the great panorama. In this album you will find photographs of extraordinary moments: the simplicity of a child?s smiling face or the holding out of a hand, yet a painful sadness in a tear glistening child?s eye. Children yearn for love, goodness and warmth, they desire close friends as they desire an unremarkable hand puppet or doll. It may be the key to unlocking the anxieties and secrets of their heart. Throughout the world, the same ritual is recurrent. Adults gift children with teddy bears, hand puppets, dolls etc. who make them their best friends – the centre of their privacy. A child needs to have a friend whilst falling asleep or going to school or whilst travelling. The time spent together with the friend, becomes a part of the story of birth and growing up. It is about fulfilling the task of becoming an adult. Jolanta Królikowska?s photographs of children have great artistic value. The toys and hand puppets presented here encompass the art and reflect the cultures of the towns, regions, or countries. Looking at toys you can see the photographers? great attention to reproduce the realities of skin colour, hair styles, clothing and the emotion transferred from the family. Rustic elements are also combined with industrial design which highlight characteristic modifications. It is both the child and the adult who give individual expressions that prepare children for their development into adults; to shape the personality of a child. Our presence in the world is temporary, our being among the living has its beginning and end, which is why we are building an enclave of peace and tranquility, looking for friendship and truth, beauty and goodness. Children certainly find value in playing with toys, hand puppets, plastic cars and building blocks and the colours, softness, textures of the materials the toys are made of, even the scent, are certainly essential for comfort. But the most important aspect to a child is their closeness, intimacy and attachment to the mother and father and the confirmation of the belief that coexistence is harmonious ? a state of reality in which we live.
It is also worth noting the background to these portraits and the larger groups within, as they become the drapery of the world. Whether it be a poor African village or a small town lost in the midst of the Andes of South America, or well-known places in Poland, every time they become part of the world being shaped in children?s minds. These photographs exhibit a variety of colours: deep blacks and shadows with lights and complementary colours leading us to regard the photographs from the viewpoint of Flemish artists or Impressionist painters. In these photographs we discover copious information about the distant world – taught at school but sadly forgotten. We forget that the globe is a flash of positive energy, constantly giving birth to new children thus making hundreds or thousands or even millions of new children probing their new found world and examining the essence of life from newly learned first words of ?mummy, ?daddy?, ?love??.. The author thus, manages to show us characteristic features of a great photographer, showing real human beings reflected in these small children, with their precious faces and forms and their naturally delicate and gentle souls. Some photographs contain such symbolic energy that they should be presented in museums in order to justify that man is a beautiful, sensitive and ethereal creature. Others should be endorsed to be the evidence of people?s life at the beginning of the twenty first century. It is worthwhile giving attention to the incredible colours of this album; colours which have been lost in the process of growing-up. These were lost when adopting western style culture in which greyness and repetitiveness have become the rules in fashion and industrial design. In this album, basic colours and abundant shades began to liven, brighten lighten to give a new aesthetic quality. This is a wonderful ?frame? for these gleaming eyes and pulsating mouths; this is a suitable background to show off the perfect captured moments of dawn, noon and dusk. But above all, it is to revel in the beauty of belonging to the greater human family.