June 2008: Solidarity

Editorial – Solidarity

This months Plotki looks for Solidarity and finds itself on demonstrations in Prague, on the streets of Solidarnosc and even gives a Pioneer’s word of honour.

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The Avenue. Patchwork.

Emptiness, silence, devastation and oblivion. Somehow there is a solidarity or maybe its consequences in here.

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The hope of saving the world with a right angle

Ausfegen (Sweeping) – a series of installations using leftovers of banners, signs, flyers and pamphlets from public demonstrations.

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Nothing special, Kirovograd.

A photo-essay about social links and solidarity in a provincial city of Ukraine

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How I remember Solidarity

What I remember of Solidarity is a sentiment rather than words. Thinking back, I took her for granted as if a friend like her was the most natural thing in the world.

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From feather-in-hat to hole-in-sock

Abdullah rummages in Erzsi’s wardrobe, looking for a few new ways into her persona.

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Time and place for Solidarność

Solidarność has written 20th century history, but how long does inspiration last? An account of a trade union that once formed a political mass movement but might in run into irrelevance in modern Poland…

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The solidarity of organised leisure

A photographic excursion with various groups of left-wing union-affiliated Jewish organisations and youth movements to Polish tourist destinations in the 1920s and 30’s.

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SĘDZISZÓW MAŁOPOLSKI

Sour rye soup and tiny bicycles, immaculate gravestones and averted eyes, moonshine and collective kneeling, streets of Solidarity and ice cream – an Easter snapshot from an eastern Polish town.

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Why don’t anarchists drink herbal tea?

The police charged the demo, swinging their batons at the most unkempt of the demonstrators and throwing fire crackers at people’s feet. It was time to get serious, it was time to start a letter writing campaign.

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