In Search of Freedom: 1968-2018
16. 6. 2018 to 16. 8. 2018
16. 6. 2018 to 16. 8. 2018

In Search of Freedom: 1968-2018

In Search of Freedom: 1968-2018
16 July until 16 August 2018

Has searching for freedom changed in the last 50 years?
The international project In Search of Freedom: 1968-2018 offers an answer to this question and through the examination of the images of student protests across Europe, paints an image of the world as it then was, juxtaposing it with the imagery selected in an Instagram contest and a contemporary collection of testimonials from student activists.

Those that lived through the shortages and dangers of WWII were astounded by the 1968 protests in which students across Europe fought for various political ideals. The former were unable to comprehend the younger generations’ desires and aspirations for a different world. Today, in a time of growing social inequality, it seems that the issues and questions already posed in 1968 are still relevant. The exhibition is a part of the project In Search of Freedom: 1968-2018, centred around the historical and the contemporary understanding of 1968.

The project In Search of Freedom: 1968–2018 focuses on this important point in our common history in order to better understand the past and foster change in the future. Re-examining the message of 1968, it promotes the importance of remembrance and a lively and independent civil society in shaping democracy. Bringing together partners from Poland, Slovenia and Spain, it targets mostly students through intergenerational dialogue and active participation. At lectures and panel discussions, students have deepened their knowledge about the 1968 protests in different national contexts and raised awareness of their common European values; memory archives with personal stories of the 1968 witnesses are created by the three partners to stress the local dimension; an Instagram contest involved students throughout the World, inspired by positive cases of the past fight for freedom, to create their own personal vision of a free and democratic society. The material gathered during these activities will appear in book form, in a Workshop study module on the civil rights movement as well as at the International travelling exhibition in Ljubljana, Warsaw and Barcelona.