LCC International University’s Professor Dr. Jerry Holsopple created a unique photography exhibition to mark the 25th anniversary of the Baltic Way, a peaceful political demonstration that occurred on August 23, 1989. The exhibition called Traces of a Social Movement: The Baltic Way was opened at LCC’s Alumni Gallery on August 22, 2014 and will stay up until October. The second set of Dr. Holsopple’s photography works were presented to the viewers at Balzekas Museum of Lithuanian Culture in Chicago, USA, on August 15. The exhibition had already been shown in Riga, Latvia, back in June and July.
When asked about his exhibition, Dr. Holsopple replied with a question,
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.
The people in this project are all connected to the web of people, whom Dr. Holsopple met while teaching at LCC.
Those friends knew someone who knew someone, and during the summer of 2013, I connected with them to listen to their stories, – the author said. – What has increased is my gratitude for the witness of these courageous people, who demonstrate to the world an alternative way to bring change.