For the final module, on June 8th, 2018, at the Ratusz Gallery, the students from Croatia, Denmark, Germany, Holland and Poland, who had now been working together for three years, produced the art exhibition "Changes" in Lublin city hall.
The aim of the exhibition was to present the changes that have taken place in Lublin over the last 100 years, as well as the celebration of the 100th anniversary of Poland's independence and the end of World War I. To this end, photographs of Lublin from the interwar period were used, and combined with images of Lublin today. The exhibition served as an engaging summary of our cooperation within the framework of the international Erasmus +. The main goal of the project was to critically reflect on the consequences of World War I, not only in the political world, but also in the artistic and scientific world.
To prepare, students had to make a collage exploring the role of the EU as a peace-keeping force in Europe. During their time in Poland they would get to explore the rich history of Renaissance city of Lublin, and learn of the traumatic history of Lublin’s Jewish community, through visits to a former Jewish orphanage now turned Holocaust museum, and a visit to the Majdanek concentration camp, a site where the argument for more positive European transnational co-operation could not be more apparent. Aside from this, the students would get to enjoy a tour in the picturesque Polish countryside and also enjoyed a day trip to the thriving city of Warsaw.
Francesco Casagrande’s Personal History Film for Module 6: History and Politics
See facebook page for many more details: ‘Transforming Europe 1918-2018’