Occupy Wall Street

Shortlist 2015

Bartosz Matenko

Bartosz Matenko (b. 1987) is a photographer who specialises at documentary photography and reportage. He was taught photography at National cinemaschool in Lodza, Poland and graduated from Schetsin University as a Phylologist.

Matenko likes experiments with collages, video, drawings and imitations of polaroids. His works were exposed in Poland, Germany, Portugal, Litva, Belgium, Bulgary and Slovakia.

The Problem

Occupy Wall Street

Occupy Wall Street is a people-powered movement that began on September 17, 2011 in Liberty Square in Manhattans Financial District, and has spread to over 100 cities in the United States and actions in over 1,500 cities globally. A loosely organized group of demonstrators first gathered in New York one year ago Monday as part of a movement that thrust the 99 percent into the political lexicon. The protests spread to dozens of cities across the United States. By 7 p.m. Sunday, New York police said there had been no arrests during the day but they put the number of arrests Saturday at about 40. Protesters faced various charges including disorderly conduct, resisting arrests and felony assault.