The featured designs refer to the slogan “For your freedom and ours”, which was coined during Poland’s struggle for independence in the 18th and 19th centuries. The Dąbrowski Brigade, a Polish battalion which fought against fascists in the Spanish Civil War, took part in the struggle for your and our freedom in the 1930s.
The artists who are participating in this action have updated the slogan and infused it with new ideas and values that are key to resolving the current social crisis and facing the climate catastrophe. In 2020, yours and ours are love, joy, health, human rights, dignity, solidarity between people and species, care for one another and for the environment.
The action is a response to the annual Independence March that will parade through Warsaw on November 11th, Poland’s National Independence Day. This event is not a celebration of citizens in all their diversity but, rather, a festival of aggressive nationalism, co-convened by neo-fascist sympathizers. This year, the March is organised under the xenophobic motto “Our civilisation, our rules”. Banners carried during these Marches and slogans chanted by their participants brim with violence, intolerance, homophobia, racism, sexism, authoritarianism and religious fundamentalism. We will neither comply, nor will we conform to this. This is why the posters and animations created under the umbrella of For your and ours propagate an entirely different vision of community, one that is founded on solidarity, empathy, care and openness.
The posters and animations will be displayed from November 9 till November 15 on digital screens at the Świętokrzyska metro station, and on selected poster stands in the center of Warsaw (Map).
Authors of the projects: Olga Dziubak & Marta Krysińska, Michał Frydrych, Kaja Gliwa, Małgorzata Gurowska & Agata Szydłowska, Grzegorz Jarzynowski, Zofia Kofta, Mateusz Kowalczyk & Weronika Zalewska, Magdalena Kreis & Michał Szota, Paulina Mirowska, SENNA kolektyw (Piotr Jakoweńko, Sebastian Kucharuk, Natalia Romik).
For your and ours is a joint action of the Anti-fascist Year and Biennale Warszawa.