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28 November 2014

Freedom Express exhibition in Warsaw

Until 15 December, a travelling outdoor exhibition titled Roads to 1989. East-Central Europe 1939-1989 will be on display in Hoover Square in Warsaw. The event is as part of the social and educational campaign Freedom Express. The Warsaw exhibition was officially opened by Małogorzata Omilianowska, Minister of Culture and National Heritage.

Mounted by historians from the European Network Remembrance and Solidarity, the exhibition documents the process through which Central and Eastern Europe went as it regained its freedom from communist dictatorship.

 

“Our aim is first and foremost to remind everyone of the processes that eventually led to the fall of communism in this part of Europe,” explains Professor Jan Rydel, chairman of the Steering Committee of the European Network Remembrance and Solidarity.

 

Also featured are various ways in which civil liberties were curtailed in the former communist bloc, as well as attempts to regain them. Special prominence was given to what connects and divides the memory about events which preceded the fall of communism in Central and Eastern European societies. The exhibition also presents different faces of freedom, including freedom of speech and expression, freedom of religion and belief, and economic freedom.

 

“The geometrical setup of the pieces will make them fit perfectly with the landscape of city squares and arteries. It will create a zone within the city space designed for meeting the history. Archival photographs and texts are placed on illuminated cubes so the audience can view the exhibition also at night’The geometrical setup of the pieces will make them fit perfectly with the landscape of city squares and arteries. It will create a zone within the city space designed for meeting history. Archival photographs and texts are placed on illuminated cubes so the audience can view the exhibition also at night,” says Mirosław Nizio, author of the exhibition’s architectural design.

 

Before arriving in Warsaw, the exhibition was put on in Berlin and Brussels. It is also available on-line, at: http://1989.enrs.eu/

 

The event is organised under the Freedom Express campaign, launched by the European Network Remembrance and Solidarity in cooperation with the culture ministries of Poland, Germany, Hungary and Slovakia.

 

Apart from the exhibition, the campaign included a study trip, during which a group of young artists, journalists and historians travelled from Gdansk to Berlin, stopping over in Warsaw, Budapest, Timisoara, Sopron, Bratislava, and Prague. The trip’s programme, which included meetings, workshops and artistic activities, was organised by a number of institutions dealing with 20th century history.

 

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Photo: Tomasz Cibulla

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