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Gallery 2017

Autobahn Der Freiheit

Motorway of Freedom is the official name of the road that connects Berlin and Warsaw. It consists of two parts: the longer one cuts through almost the entire Poland, while the shorter section runs across eastern Germany. Physically, the whole road is nearly 600 km of concrete construction.The project of this motorway first began in Nazi Germany as part of a larger plan. The goal was to create a modern network of motorways to serve the modernization and militarization of Germany. The first section of the motorway was opened in 1937. In 1942 construction was halted due to the Second World War, but by then much of what was later named Motorway of Freedom had already been built. Construction was resumed in the 1970s by the Polish authorities, in sight of the 1980 Olympics in Moscow. But again, only a few sections of the road were completed.What the 20th century totalitarian regimes were not able to achieve was finally accomplished by capitalist Poland with the aid of European Union funds. In June 2014, the route connecting Warsaw and Berlin received the official name of The Motorway of Freedom (in German: Autobahn der Freiheit, in Polish: Autostrada Wolno?ci).Today, the road is an important passage of international transportation, but it is also a temporary stage for many personal stories, in which I am especially interested. Along the Motorway of Freedom I’ve met wealthy people who definitely profited from the development of the road system, but I’ve also met many who didn’t benefit from it nearly as much: prostitutes or cheap labor workers on their way to Western countries, as well as the road service workers who sometimes earn 7z? (1,6 €) per hour. I find it ironic that this all happens on a road called ‘Motorway of Freedom’! I will quote an academic lecturer I have met on my way: “It is nothing more than a semantic perversion”. My project touches upon historical matters in association with contemporary issues such as migration, nationalism and common aspects of eastern identity.

Main Partners

partner tpd partner mp unicusano

Technical Partners

stroppa parners innovafvg

Media Partners

ilfotografo photographers lounge partner lfi Insomnia Photography partner blow partner quo partners silvershotz isp partner prism cuatroscuro partner tpi apf dng image artofphoto fotopolis spm vphotomag student old fotopalyazat fstop doc partner click magazine partner espacio partners photosofia

Venues

partner aeroporto walraum GALERIJA PRINCIPIJ School of Creative Photography partners OBOK partner alchemia partner betel partner konfederacka partner pierwszy partner pracownia partner szomszed partner partner castro partners bal partner relax partner cameral partner cps partners wavelove partner domliteratury partners wbb partners yaam partners lastriko partners carrots partners restauranpolet partners meduza partners polet partners superiore partners kisuzem partners leniviec