Sat, Oct 08|
East Side Freedom Library
Closing event for Faces of Solidarity at the East Side Freedom Library
Join us at the ESFL for the closing event on October 8, 2022. The exhibition has been displayed during the Solidarity Street Gallery 2022 Resilient Generations from September 9 - September 10, 2022, and at the ESFL from 09/03-10/08. MPMS collaboration with photographer Grzegorz Litynski. Free
Time & Location
Oct 08, 2022, 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM CDT
East Side Freedom Library, 1105 Greenbrier St, St Paul, MN 55106, USA
About The Event
Faces of Solidarity - Polish Refugees in Minnesota is a photographic tribute to Polish Solidarity political activists that settled in Minnesota. This art exhibition launched in December 2021, marking Poland's 40th anniversary of martial law.
Solidarity was the most prominent freedom movement in the Eastern Bloc during the 1980s. With the support of almost 10 million members, it played a significant role in ending communist rule in Poland and considerably contributed to the collapse of communism in Eastern Europe early 1990s. After martial law was imposed in December 1981, many activists in this movement experienced state repression, including imprisonment and torture. Some of these individuals and their families fled Poland and settled in the United States.
Faces of Solidarity is a photographic tribute to Polish refugees who settled in Minnesota. It is the first installment of MPMS's Kalejdoskop Polski MN, a multi-year project documenting Polish post-WWII immigrants in Minnesota.
Grzegorz Litynski is the Lead Artist of the visual history part of the project. www.litynski.com
Dr. Katarzyna Litak is the exhibition's curator, and designer. She is also MPMS President.
Kalejdoskop Polski, MN project has received grant support from the Minnesota Historical Society, Metro Regional Arts Council, and the Minnesota State Arts Board.