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Valentyn Odnoviun

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Valentyn Odnoviun

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From the period of 1939 until 1944 Poland was occupied by Nazi Germany. Many people were imprisoned, executed, sent to concentration camps. The main oppressive function was carried out by Gestapo (Secret State Police of Nazi Germany). After the end of WWII, Poland felt under communist regime for more than 40 years. State Security agencies such as NKVD (People's Commissariat for Internal Affairs of USSR) and UB (Department of Security of People's Republic of Poland) established their offices and headquarters around Poland, very often using the same buildings previously used by Gestapo. Basements of headquarters were mainly used as prisons. UB combined the punitive functions and functions of special secret services. Formally engaged in the provision of law and order and state security, in fact was an instrument of political repression of the pro-Soviet Polish regime. NKVD and UB spied on the population, fought dissidents, imprisoned and eliminated objectionable “unwanted” people. Many people were deported to various gulags of the Soviet Union. After 1956, UB was replaced with SB (Security Service of the Ministry of Internal Affairs) agency that run until the end of pro-Soviet People's Republic of Poland in 1989.

Valentyn Odnoviun

Ukrainian living in Vilnius, Lithuania. During the last few years researches has been mostly linked with historical or socially engaged events and problems through the “abstract”-looking image, working with the imagination of the viewer to create more concrete communication with the help of interpretation and conceptual thinking. In 2016 graduated from Vilnius Academy of Arts, Photography and Media Arts Department (MA studies). Took 1st place at the “Debut 2016” contest held by the Lithuanian Photographers Association; received Grand Prix Award at the Interphoto 2017 Festival in Bialystok, Poland; took 1st place at the World Biennial of Student Photography 2017 in Novi Sad, Serbia and won 1st place at the Krakow Photomonth Portfolio Review 2018. During the last two years held personal and participated in collective exhibitions in Latvia, Lithuania, Germany, Georgia, Slovenia, Poland, Ukraine, Serbia, USA, the Netherlands, Switzerland, New Zealand and Austria.

Project is supported by Narodowe Centrum Kultury