Appealing to the public to send in both stories and toys, the Nowa Huta Museum has already been flooded with donations for an exhibition that will explore the wonders of childhood.
Barbara Smolińska was chosen alongside acclaimed authors, Nobel Prize winners and a female Prime Minister for the lifelike dolls. Stunning in their detail, the ‘reborn sugar babies’ have won a raft of admirers, not least among women dealing with loss or trauma.
An architect by profession, the 36-year-old who has over 100,000 followers on Instagram and a string of exhibitions to her name said the idea emerged when she was putting together her portfolio for print.
Shero Barbies, an amalgam of the words ‘She’ and ‘Hero’ are produced by the same company that produces the original Barbie dolls, Mattel, and are awarded each year around to inspiring women around the time of International Women’s Day.
As an extraordinary photo exhibition of dolls inspired by Gothic literature and dark wave music gets underway in Now Huta, TFN talks to the woman behind the stunning creations, Monika Mostowik.
Oozing irresistible charm, it’s easy to lose track of time inside this museum; peering into the past, lost in a world of miniature, those who visit find themselves beckoned into a beguiling, distant land that is simultaneously enchanting and extraordinary.
From dancing dolls to ancient rat traps, the museum in the east has something for everybody.