The photographs in the project I created as a citizen. Taking pictures on the streets of Minsk in June-November 2020, helped to get rid of fear, taught courage. Courage: to be subjective and openly take sides, because when you are “hunted” like a wild animal by people in black- the ethical code of a journalist can wait until peacetime. Going out with a camera and knowing that you can be arrested much earlier than peaceful protesters, because you do not just take photographs, but document crimes against unarmed people. Photos about large-scale mutual assistance. Books will be written about this: drivers who took out people from acceleration; local people who kept house doors open and hid protestors in the apartments from being shot, bitten, or killed… Photos about family and friends with whom we became even closer thanks to Sunday walks and phone calls: after the rallies, we traditionally began to call up and find out how things are if everything is fine. Photos are about honest and courageous people who continue to go out for more than 180 days.
His works have been exhibited in more than 60 countries in Europe, Asia and the USA, in such places as Museum of Modern Art in Vienna, Zachęta Gallery in Warsaw, or at the third edition of The European Month of Photography in Berlin. He is the winner of numerous multinational photography contests. Liankevich cooperated with “European Pressphoto Agency '', “Anzenberger Agency, and independent Belarussian newspaper “Nasza Niwa ''. His works were published in The New York Times, Le Figaro, Newsweek, Die Zeit, Spiegel, GEO, Vanity Fair, Reader's Digest and International Herald Tribune. In 2012 Andrei was recognised as one of fifteen most influential artists in Belarus of the 2000-2010 period. In 2010 he published his first book “Pagan” dedicated to belarussian pagan traditions.
Gallery of Puppet Theatre, 1 Kalinowskiego Street – open until 17.10.21, Tue-Wed 8:00 – 12:00, Thu-Fri 8:00 – 12:00 and 15:30 – 19:00, Sat 15:30 – 19:00 and an hour before the performance