The Archive of Public Protests brings together visual traces of social activism and grassroots initiatives opposing not only political decisions but also breaches of democratic norms and human rights. It serves as a collection of images that act as a warning against the rise of popularism and discrimination in its broadest sense, encompassing xenophobia, homophobia, misogyny, and the climate crisis.

In establishing the Archive, its creators wish to extend the lifespan of their images, which are often tied to specific events and typically their existence ends after their initial publication in the press. The Archive of Public Protests gathers these photographs into a single, easily accessible collection, intended for use by researchers, artists, and activists alike. Furthermore, access to the Archive’s resources will be open to all users who wish to promote the values with which its creators identify.

Bio: The Archive of Public Protests (A-P-P) was founded in 2019 in Warsaw Poland. In 2020, the collective launched an interventionist publication called “The Strike Newspaper” collecting slogans, testimonies and images of protests. Over 30.000 copies of nine thematic issues have been distributed and used by the protesters all over Poland and abroad. Aside from street activity and guerrilla distribution, the work of the A-P-P has been shown in galleries, museums and at festivals.
Artists: Michał Adamski, Marta Bogdańska, Karolina Gembara, Łukasz Głowala, Marcin Kruk, Agata Kubis, Michalina Kuczyńska, Adam Lach, Alicja Lesiak, Rafał Milach, Joanna Musiał, Chris Niedenthal, Wojtek Radwański, Bartek Sadowski, Karolina Sobel, Paweł Starzec, Grzegorz Wełnicki, Dawid Zieliński.