Democrats - Lviv, 2004
On August 31, 2013 at the Center for Urban History was the Opening of the Jacek Dziaczkowski Photo Exhibition from his "Democrats – Lviv, 2004" series.
In the days leading up to the Orange Revolution the author made over 300 black and white life-sized photographic portraits of Lviv residents the symbolic orange color of the day. (The orange tint was added later by the photographer in his Warsaw studio.) Dziaczkowski’s work deftly anticipates the advent of this "decisive historical moment", opting instead to bypass the most crucial events occurring on the squares of Kyiv and Lviv, the whirlwind of emotions, the heightened public mood, and the rush of the standard-bearing crowds. In contrast to the usual, bright images filled with the "beautiful masses" looking "so European" which gathered in those days of November and December 2004, these images are stark and static. The photographer, it would seem, captured his subjects and their unexpressed hopes and expectations for their future. And it is this potential, these imminent choices and actions which reveal the force - the secret heart - of these images.
Jacek Dziaczkowski was born in 1957, and was lost too soon, passing in 2006 in Warsaw. In 2004, in addition to this "Democrats" project entitled "Lviv – 2004", he created a documentary series on the post-soviet children’s playgrounds and Lviv’s Lychakiv Cemetery. He founded the www.pracowniadokument.pl website (the site is able to be viewed with older internet browsers).
The exhibit was comprised of two parts: full-sized portraits placed on the walls at the locations around the center of the city where they were originally photographed, and reduced format photos exhibited in the Center of Urban History conference center.
The photographic exhibit in Lviv’s Center for Urban History conference room (6 Bohomoltsia Street) was opened on August 31 – December 31, 2013.
The public exhibition of the photographs on the streets of Lviv run on August 31 – December 31, 2013.
The exhibit was a part of the "Studio of Record – 2013" Project (in Ukrainian) The "Studio of Record 2013" project schedule of events (in Ukrainian and Polish).
The "Studio of Record – 2013" project was headed by Lviv independent curator and artist, Andriy Bojarov. For additional information regarding the project and the exhibition, email email@example.com.
Additional support for the event was provided by the Polish Ministry of Culture and National Heritage.