VMU to Host Exhibition Dedicated to Solidarity Movement
On Tuesday 8 April, 11 a.m., the exhibition entitled United towards Freedom will be opened at the Faculty of Political Science and Diplomacy (Gedimino Str. 44), in the second floor lobby.
The exhibition is dedicated to the commemoration of the most significant historical events in Poland between 1980 and 1989. It is organized by the VMU Adomas Mickevičius’ Club of Polish Language and Culture, the Polish Institute in Vilnius, and VMU Department of Political Science.
The exhibition consists of 18 photo and poster stands which portray the events of the Solidarity (Solidarność) movement’s first decade. The goal of the exposition is to express Solidarity’s ideas visually in a variety of contexts: as a trade union, a mass social movement, a graphic symbol created by Jerzy Janiszewski, and in terms of interpersonal behaviours, such as symbolic bread sharing between the protesters of the shipyard company or the mass participation in the 1989 election campaign.
Classic, mostly black and white photos mark the beginning of the changes initiated by Solidarność. These changes were briefly interrupted by the Martial Law, which ended with the Round Table Talks and the first democratic elections in June 1989, followed by the fall of Communism not only in Poland but in the entire Central and Eastern Europe as well.
The exhibited photos are taken from the collection of the European Solidarity Centre (Europejskie Centrum Solidarności). Their authors are Jacek Awakumowski, Leszek Biernacki, Zygmunt Błażek, Anna Beata Bohdziewicz, Krzysztof Jakubowski, Jerzy Kośnik, Stefan Kraszewski, Zenon Mirota, Janusz Bałanda Rydzewski, Leonard Szmaglik, and Stanisław Składanowski (ZPAF – The Polish Art Photographers Association).