18 square meters

21/3/2011 Targówek, Warszawa, Poland. M. T., 27, together with her 2 sons (3 years old, and 6 months old) found shelter at her mother’s house in Targowek (Warsaw). She escaped from her violent alcoholic husband that beat her and burnt cigarettes on her hands in front of the children. The flat of the mother (H. T.) is only 18 m2 and here lives also Mr G., unemployed, sick, who weights about 200 Kg. There is no toilette or bathroom in the flat and M. sleeps on a mattress in the kitchen with her 2 sons. The family collects scrap metal and used clothes during the week, and then sells them at Olimpia Flee Market every Sunday. An old friend of H. T., J. (62 years old) that helps them in collecting stuff to sell, visits them everyday and usually has his lunch (and drinks) here too.

Texts by Tomasz Czukiewski.