Democrats – Lviv, 2004. Jacek Dziaczkowski Photo Exhibition
August - December 2013
Conference room, Center for Urban History
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.
The exposition 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.
The exhibit was a part of the "Studio of Record – 2013" Project.
The "Studio of Record – 2013" project was headed Andriy Bojarov.
Additional support for the event was provided by the Polish Ministry of Culture and National Heritage.