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“In Ukraine. Justyna Mielnikiewicz” exhibition

Exhibition duration:  from 2 September to 6 November 2022

Photographs by Justyna Mielnikiewicz bring human emotions to the forefront. They allow us to see the war in Ukraine through the lens of the stories of specific people. We will not see combat scenes or wounded soldiers in the photos. The artist shows that despite the drama unfolding around the war, life goes on.

At the exhibition we present more than 90 photographs from 2014–2019 and 2022. The protagonists are soldiers and their families, but also civilians who face the consequences of the war. Their stories, written down by Mielnikiewicz, constitute as important a part of the exhibition as the photographs.

The artist places her stories in time and locates them on the map of Ukraine. She photographs “up close”, which allows viewers to better understand the situation of the portrayed people. The works  are never a pursuit of sensation, but rather an expression of the exceptional sensitivity of the author who feels responsible for the stories entrusted to her.

For many years, Justyna Mielnikiewicz has been documenting life in conflict-affected regions, especially those in the former Soviet Union. She took up the subject of Ukraine for the first time in 2008, photographing pro-Russian Cossacks and pro-Ukrainian Tatars in Crimea. After 2014, she completed several smaller projects, and in 2019 she released the photo album “Ukraine Runs Through It”. This publication addresses the Maidan and the war that began in 2014, but above all the everyday life in a country affected by war. The photos from 2022 document the consequences of Russian aggression, and are a natural continuation of the attempt to capture Ukraine’s past and present.

In the context of our exhibition programme, Justyna Mielnikiewicz’s exhibition complements the project “Ukraine. A different angle on neighbourhood” (September 17, 2021 – January 16, 2022). It was then that we looked at “Ukrainian myths”, analysing stereotypes in Polish-Ukrainian relations. Today we want to better understand the current situation in Ukraine and express our solidarity with those who are experiencing the tragedy of the war.

Organised by


ICC programme policy

Agata Wąsowska-Pawlik, Łukasz Galusek


Monika Rydiger


Exhibition design

Patrycja Ochman-Tarka, Paulina Ochman

Exhibition Coordinator

Karolina Wójcik

Academic and linguistic consultation

Żanna Komar


Joanna Biegacz, Jan Burnatowski, Ewa Czarnecka, Marzena Daszewska, Magdalena Grabias, Joanna Hojda-Pepaś, Oliwia Kaczmarzewska, Dorota Korohoda, Dorota Kosiec, Paulina Małochleb, Weronika Mucha, Paulina Orłowska-Bańdo, Łukasz Pieróg, Angelika Radoń, Paulina Roszak-Niemirska, Agnieszka Sachar, Anna Sawłowicz, Klaudia Słupek, Anna Śliwa

With the financial support of


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Informacja o dostępności wystawy dla osób z niepełnosprawnościami.
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“Ukraine and war. Images of Experience”

We invite you to a meeting on the 20th of October, at 6 p.m.
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Guided tours of the exhibition

Broaden your horizons and learn about contexts by joining our guided tours.
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“The war through the eyes of a photographer” podcasts

We invite you to listen to two new ICC podcasts devoted to the exhibition “In Ukraine. Justyna Mielnikiewicz”. We talk with the author, as well as with two photographers from the Academy of Photography in Krakow – Wojciech Wilczyk and Michał Zieli ński.
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“Have you seen it?” promotional programme

Collect stamps and get a free ticket for the exhibition of Małgorzata Mirga-Tas.
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