KOD UK is proud to co-organize a poster exhibition commemorating 40 years of Solidarity. We display photographs and posters of the trade union Solidarność (Solidarity), which took Karl Marx’s cliché ‘workers unite’ quite literally and successfully fought against the communist regime in Poland in the eighties.
The exhibition shows recurring protests since 1956, which started in Poznań and spread all over the country. The protestors succeeded in the eighties and created the trade union Solidarność (Solidarity) with Lech Wałęsa as the leader. The exhibition then presents the brutal crackdown on the protestors and the failure of the authoritarian regime to keep the power, which ultimately led to the first (partially) free and democratic elections, which took place in Poland on 4 June 1989.
Posters from the Polish Solidarity Campaign are shown as well. This group organized demonstrations in the UK to support Solidarity in Poland. It united people of very different backgrounds.
The exhibition is open until 16 December 2020.
You are required to disinfect your hands while entering the building and wear a face mask. Maximum of 6 people at a time are allowed to visit.
Location: POSK, 238-247 King Street, Hammersmith, London W6 0RF
Opening times: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. (7 p.m. at weekends), Free entry.
We present a selection of posters for people who could not visit the gallery due to the COVID19 pandemic.
Posters of the Polish Solidarity Campaign:
Posters from the exhibition opening:
Selection of posters:
The exhibition was organised by Polish Solidarity Campaign (Wanda Kościa and Wiktor Moszczyński), KOD UK (Kasia Rembiasz), A Million, with the financial support from Polonia Aid Foundation Trust and The Peace Building.