Golden Arches | Symbol of American Culture
POLISH PHOTOGRAPHER ZUZANNA SZAREK REVISITS HER EARLIEST CHILDHOOD MEMORIES OF AMERICAN CULTURE IN HER LATEST SERIES “M.”
While growing up in Warsaw, Poland, during the ‘90s – photographer Zuzanna Szarek felt enamored with American culture. She dreamt of the movies, toys, and even the food that was being made in America; which would eventually find itself within the borders of the city she had grown up in. None more synonymous than the golden arches – a classic American symbol.
She can vividly recall the rush of excitement that would flood her body as she enjoyed her Happy Meal. Only for her it wasn’t so much the food that she cared about, it was the toy. Again, a classic symbol of American culture. Today, Warsaw is undergoing rapid changes. With hip stores and restaurants popping up as fast as its skyscrapers.
Although the golden arches of her childhood still remain, they are now just a distant memory amidst an ever-evolving world.
“The over-sized monster hovering above the city’s landscape has became more of a landmark than a destination itself.”