The Archive of Public Protests

The Archive of Public Protests brings together visual traces of social activism, grassroots initiatives opposing not just political decisions but also breaches of democratic norms and human rights. It is a collection of images that constitute a warning against rising populism and discrimination in the broadest sense of the term: xenophobia, homophobia, misogyny, and also the climate crisis. In establishing the Archive, its creators wish to prolong the life of their images, which are connected with specific events, the existence of which otherwise ends with their publication in the press. The APP gathers together photographs in a single, easily accessible collection, which will remain accessible to
researchers, artists, and activists. Additionally, use of the Archive’s resources will be open to all users who express a desire to communicate the values with which its creators identify.

The video shown at the main exhibition of the Thessaloniki PhotoBiennale draws on a specially selected set of photos collected by the Archive of Public Protests (on the initiative of Rafał Milach), arranged and edited by the artist Laura Pawela into a kind of an hour-long documentary, with music specially composed by Avtomat-Kajetan Łukomski, one of the most talented electronic musicians of the young generation, and a member of a famous DJ collective Oramics.

Authors: Michał Adamski, Marta Bogdańska, Karolina Gembara, Łukasz Głowala, Marcin Kruk, Agata Kubis, Michalina Kuczyńska, Adam Lach, Alicja Lesiak, Rafał Milach, Joanna Musiał, Chris Niedenthal, Wojtek Radwański, Bartek Sadowski, Karolina Sobel, Paweł Starzec, Grzegorz Wełnicki, Dawid Zieliński.