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Poles Apart: Poland's Culture Wars

Poles Apart: Poland's Culture Wars

Apr 13, 2017 — Dec 30, 2017
Jacek E. Giedrojć Gallery, Adolphus Busch Hall

About the Exhibit

Almost three decades after its successful transition to democracy and more than a decade after joining the European Union, Poland is again torn apart by growing political polarization and social conflicts.

Millions of Poles took to the streets following electoral victories by the conservative and nationalist Law and Justice Party (PIS) in 2015. Under PIS rule, culture wars that had been simmering for years have finally boiled over. Bitter disagreements remain over not just current policies and institutions, but the country's historical memory, the nature of post-1989 transformations, and relations with Europe.

In this exhibit, five Warsaw-based photographers from NAPO Images document the deep chasm and clash of political visions that pit believers in Poland's traditional Catholic identity and values against modern liberal ideas and aspirations for a European future. This is a battle for the soul of the Polish nation in which democracy and relations with Europe hand in the balance.

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