Pictures in the book were taken in Warsaw in July 2017 during public protests against the politicization of the judiciary system by the ruling right-wing Law and Justice party. Initiated at the time, the makeover of the judiciary was finally completed by the government in July 2018, strongly undermining the separation of powers in Poland. The photographic collection of the white roses that the protesters attached as symbols of non-violent resistance to the crowd-control barriers in front of the Parliament are banal and accidental. It echoes the simple, non-heroic gestures during the series of demonstrations in the summer of 2017. The white rose symbol was appropriated from an anti-fascist student group called die Weisse Rose operating in the 1940-ties in Munich, Third Reich.
Photos and book concept: Rafał Milach / Design: Ania Nałęcka-Milach & Rafał Milach / Size: 165 x 207 mm / Print run: 300 Polish, 200 English, including 30 copies of the special edition from which the entire revenue will be allocated to one of the organizations fighting for human rights. / Publisher: JEDNOSTKA 2018 / ISBN: 978-83-949273-1-8 (PL) / ISBN: 978-83-949273-2-5 (EN)
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