Traces of a Social Movement: The Baltic Way - Jerry Holsopple

Where University Commons, 179, Margaret Martin Gehman Art Gallery

Duration 2 hours

Is it possible to re-photograph a social movement, especially after years have passed? Social movements seem to dominate the current cultural landscape. Years before Twitter and Facebook, 2 million people created a human chain connecting the three Baltic capitals. This 630km long chain, in August 1989, required more than 25% of the population of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia to participate.

Mark Klett’s re-photographic projects, documenting 100 years of change in the American western landscape, inspired this effort. The Baltic Way has hundreds of photographs of the event, along with event plans, documents and speeches. Unlike Klett, I don’t seek to re-photograph the exact people or locations in the photographic record of the 1989 event. Traces instead asks what have been the changes initiated by this non-violent social movement which eventually led to freedom from the Soviet regime. The photographs witness to the strength of the people who joined together and to the change they wrought. Not all of the change will be viewed positively, but few would welcome a return to what was before.

“The people in this project are all connected to the web of people I met while teaching at LCC International University Those friends knew someone who knew someone and during the summer of 2013, I connected with them to listen to their story. I remain as intrigued by the story as I was when I first saw images at Antanas’ house. What has increased is my gratitude for the witness of these courageous people, who demonstrate to the world an alternative way to bring change.” —Jerry Holsopple

Intended Audience General Public

Tags ARTSHOW, Arts

Contact Information

Name Visual & Communication Arts

Phone # 540.432.4360