Licence to a New Life
By Jolanta Jagiello
About the pillowcases
My grandfather’s journey from Poland to England, as a driver of military vehicles during the Second World, is the inspiration behind these pillowcases. From a small village Gniewszczyyzna Lancucka in the province of Lwow in Poland, he was deported by the Russians to USSR, released on amnesty to join the Polish Army in USSR in February 1942. After crossing with his unit the Russo-Persian border, he came under British command in the Middle East in August 1942. He served in the Polish Corps Troops Engineers both in the Middle East and in Italy. He fought at the Battle of Monte Cassino in Italy, before arriving in this country with the Polish Resettlement Corps in 1947. He was joined by his family on route from the Lebanon, honourably discharged in 1949 to work as a mechanic on the London Buses until his retirement.
About Jolanta Jagiello
Jolanta Jagiello, ARBS, is a welded metal sculptor and a freelance curator with an MA Arts Policy and Management from BirkbeckCollege. As an artist, she has exhibited in solo shows at Changing Room Gallery, and Fovea Gallery, and in group shows at Space Station Sixty-five, V&A, MoDA, and the Synergy Gallery. As a curator, she has curated in 2005, ‘Open Desk After School’ – 20 school desks ‘open’ to the public in the 19th Century Reconstructed Victorian classroom, based on the history of the Ragged schoolchild, at the Ragged School Museum, Mile End. In 2006, she will be curating, BookMarked! – an exhibition of original fine art handmade bookmarks displayed in the books in the bookshelves of Independent Bookshop Crockatt and Powell, 30th October-25th November 2006, in Waterloo, London.