Faces of Solidarity: Polish Refugees in Minnesota

Faces of Solidarity - Polish Refugees in Minnesota is a photographic tribute to the Polish Solidarity political refugees that settled in Minnesota. Throughout 2021 we collected their oral histories and portraits. This art exhibit is launching in December 2021, marking the 40th anniversary of martial law in Poland.

This exhibit is a part of the Kalejdoskop Polski MN project that started with the purpose of telling the story of the Polish-American community, focusing on the post-WWII immigrants. The goal is to educate about history and celebrate resilience.

Grzegorz Litynski leads the visual history part of the project. He is the Head of the Department of Travel, Documentary Photography, and Photojournalism at the Technical University in Katowice, Poland. Grzegorz focuses his research on the visual history, and he has conducted numerous research and collection projects in Europe, North America, and Asia. His work has received prestigious awards.

The exhibition opens on Friday, December 3rd at Minnesota State Capitol and it can be viewed during business hours till January 7th, 2022.


This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through grants from the Minnesota State Arts Board and the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

This publication was made possible in part by the people of Minnesota through a grant funded by an appropriation to the Minnesota Historical Society from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. Any views, findings, opinions, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent those of the State of Minnesota, the Minnesota Historical Society, or the Minnesota Historic Resources Advisory Committee.