Film premiere

Birth Rites Collection presents 'Come Home'

a film by Marta Stysiak 

Exploring core themes of young motherhood and the mother-daughter relationship, ‘Come Home’ is the story of a young Polish mother. The film follows 16-year-old Victoria’s journey into motherhood, documenting her turbulent relationship with her own mother and her experiences as her infant son is removed to foster care and she is unable to visit him.

What happens to a mother who is deprived of her motherhood? Set against the background of the Polish juvenile re-socialisation programme, 'Come Home' engages with significant and urgent discussions around maternal mental health, universal access to childcare and social support, adoption practice and birth control. The film's narrative is accompanied by Victoria's music and songs, in which the girl skillfully translates her feelings and action into the language of rap. Her lyrics carry a huge emotional load and allow us to get to know her, and her story better.

After the film screening, Marta Stysiak will be joined for a Q & A session with Dr Elsa Montgomery and Professor Louise Howard from King's College, London.  

Harris Lecture Theatre, King's College London, Guy's Campus

Great Maze Pond



United Kingdom

Mon, 8 November 2021

19:00 – 20:30 GMT

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The film was produced by Marta Stysiak & Birth Rites Collection with support from Arts Council England

Marta Stysiak Residency

Stysiak will be extending the video installation Badland into a feature length documentary, co-produced by Birth Rites Collection. She will be working with KCL’s Midwifery Department to develop the final cut of the film. Stysiak has applied to the Polish Film Fund for completion funding. 

Badland by Marta StysiakImage: Badland, 2021 Video Installation, video in loop length 4 mins, mp4, cell phone with a power cable and earphones, table, a bowl, a spoon, Chinese instant soup.

Residency — Birth Rites Collection


and is an permament part of BRC collection currently housed by the Department of Midwifery, part of the Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing, Midwifery & Palliative Care at King’s College London and Birth Rites Collection, Salford University. The collection is displayed across Guy’s Campus in New Hunt's House, the Chantler SaIL Clinical Skills Centre, the Henriette Raphael Building and the Hodgkin Building..

The prize winner, Marta Stysiak, will also be awarded a residency at The Departement of Midwifery, King’s College London.


Badland at the Art Review SURVIVAL 18
Group Exhibition
By SURVIVAL 18 Art Review
SURVIVAL is a nation juried exhibition produced by Art Transparent. This year's show includes the work of 30 artists from around the country whose work relates to the theme of WASTELAND, the poem by T.S Eliot.


An Award for photography series Simple Things from European Capital of Culture Wroclaw and Credit Suisse for Contemporary Polish Art "Przypływ. Młoda polska sztuka współczesna"

Przypływ. Młoda polska sztuka współczesna

An interview for ARTiculAction magazine curated by Dario Rutigliano & Melissa C. Hilborn. Pages 154-179.


Latest exhibition:

Existence. Stysiak/Piasta.
Gallery 58, Żeromskiego 58 Radom, Poland
6/02 - 6/03



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