Kongres Współpracy Transgranicznej Lublin


Oct 05 2022


15:00 - 16:00

Zmicer Waynowski’s photographs “Lublin’s eyes through the eyes of a Foreigner”

free entrance
the exhibition will be available till November 3, 2022

“Lublin’s eyes through the eyes of a Foreigner”

What the Foreigner sees in the city are not squares, historic buildings, churches and cultural centers, but people’s faces… Administration officials, directors, decision-makers at different levels. These are the faces that the visitor look at with special attention to understand new words, the intonation of an already understood but still not their native language, body language, rules of behavior, traditions and much more. For foreigners, the city is primarily represented by people.

The exhibition Lublin’s eyes through the eyes of a Foreigner sums up the Artist’s scholarship project, carried out as part of scholarship of the Mayor of Lublin in 2022.

Zmicer Waynowski is a Belarusian photographer, cultural animator, initiator and organizer of many artistic events. In November 2020, Zmicer Waynowski was detained during the weekly “Pensioners’ march”. That was the last time he worked as a street photographer in the streets of Minsk. He was sentenced to 13 days in prison under the infamous Article 23.34 of the Code of Administrative Offences. After serving his sentence, he was subjected to further punishment and repressions and forced to leave the country. He has been living in Lublin since March 2021. He collaborated with Juliusz Osterwa Theatre in Lublin (as a photographer, graphic designer and video producer), Centre for Culture (Artist Residencies the result of which was performance The Exiles), Workshops of Culture and the Lublin City Office (The REM sleep photo exhibition), Center for the Meeting of Cultures. After February 24 this year, i.e. after the start of the war in Ukraine, Zmicer Waynowski cooperates with the Lublin Social Committee to Aid Ukraine.

I watch this city, I get to know it. I saw and fixed spring during the lockdown, a summer teeming with cultural and festival life, and an autumn filled with student youth. During my wandering in Lublin, I changed five addresses, I got to know all institutions dealing with human rights and helping foreigners, and most cultural institutions. The series of photographs entitled Lublin’s eyes through the eyes of a Foreigner consists of portraits of people who are on the first line of contact with foreigners and who perform perhaps invisible but very important work on a daily basis. As a foreigner, I see the role of such people differently. Often it’s my “to be or not to be”. Hope, fear and understanding.

Consecutive interpreting on site EN
Translation into Polish Sign Language

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