Irena Jarosińska’s portraits, war posters by the Pictoric group and street photography at Different Sounds 2022!

This year’s East of Culture – Different Sounds exhibitions are rich and varied, featuring Irena Jarosińska’s photographic story about the icons of Polish culture, Lublin as seen by a sensitive Belarusian who connected with the city a few months ago and is mapping the place, heartbreaking war posters depicting fighting Ukraine and the emotions of people who for many months have been struggling with fear and uncertainty, covers of books published in the Wschodni Express book series, and colourful illustrations of places, people and events showing Ukraine that no longer exists.

This year’s edition of East of Culture – Different Sounds takes place in Lublin between 7–10 July 2022 and it’s going to be its 15th edition, while its 9th iteration as part of East of Culture, a joint project of the National Centre for Culture, the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage and local governments of Lublin, Rzeszów and Białystok.

As we know, Different Sounds is predominantly a music festival, but, like every year, we have prepared events in other fields of art”, explains Emilia Kietlińska-Drozd from Workshops of Culture in Lublin. “I cordially invite you to see five unique exhibitions. The first is an exhibition of Irena Jarosińska’s photography called ‘Portraits’ in the Hartwig Alley. In addition to her work for illustrated magazines, the author was privately closely affiliated with artistic milieus and photographed painters, musicians, and poets. The photos on display feature, among others: Miron Białoszewski and Sławomir Mrożek. The next exhibition feature photographs by Zmicer Waynowski. You can view ‘Voices of Lublin’, a collection of photos about Lublin, at Grodzka 7. In po Farze Square we will present another selection of posters by Pictoric Illustrators’ Club. The festival’s visitors will be able to see completely new works by Kyiv-based artists. In the heart of festival events, Błonia near the Castle, we will be able to see another project of the Pictoric Illustrators’ Club: ­ ‘Yellow & Blue’. We are showing it again because we believe that many new people will see it at the festival, and the project is very important to the artists because it depicts the Ukraine we would like to see after the war ­ one that is colourful, joyous, and full of charming places. Additionally, in the hallway leading to Bałagan Pub at Grodzka 5a you can view the portraits of authors and covers of books published in the Wschodni Express series.


Irena Jarosińska “Portraits”

Portraits, the exhibition of Irena Jarosińska’s photography features artists who remain Polish cultural icons. The personalities Jarosińska photographed include the poet Miron Białoszewski, the painter Henryk Stażewski, the playwright Sławomir Mrożek, and the composer Krzysztof Komeda, to name a few.

After years of obscurity, the vast photographic legacy of Irena Jarosińska, consisting of more than 60,000 objects, found its way into the Karta Centre’s Photo Archive. From 2013 to 2016, the entire collection was digitised, catalogued, secured, and made available online with funding from the Ministry of Science and Higher Education.

This exhibition has been organised in partnership with the KARTA Centre and made possible courtesy of Andrzej Pieniążek, heir to the rights to Irena Jarosińska’s photographs.

Irena Jarosińska was born in 1924 in the Hutsul village of Shybene, and died in Warsaw in 1996. Her professional career began in the 1950s. She published photo features, often self-contained pieces, on daily life in the Polish People’s Republic for famous illustrated magazines such as “Świat” and “Polska”. Privately, she was closely affiliated with many artistic groups. She portrayed painters, writers, and musicians who were outside the mainstream. She created photomontages and organised happenings and debates. In the mid-1970s, she ran an open house and a studio which served as a hub for cultural activity. Irena Jarosińska’s photographic legacy is a one-of-a-kind chronicle of the lives of artists and their circles, as well as trends in contemporary art and culture, social phenomena, and historical events. In the 1970s, Jarosińska formed an informal “photographic university” with a group of young photographers. She also inspired many artistic events, with artists from various fields of art gathering in her studio to show their work.

When: 7-10 July 2022
Where: The Hartwig Alley

“Yellow & Blue” – exhibition of artworks by illustrators affiliated with the Ukrainian Pictoric Club

It’s an exhibition of posters by the best Ukrainian illustrators. In a gesture of solidarity with our eastern neighbors, we will have the chance to see the work of Pictoric Illustrators’ Club. Yellow & Blue will take viewers on a journey to beautiful Ukraine, a fascinating and bright country.

The project “Yellow and Blue” began in 2016. Through the visual language of posters, the artists show traditions, locations and features that aren’t commonly found in guide books. Residential areas, crowded beaches, public transport, traditional music instruments, the Carpathians, local fast foods and feasts, traditional festivals and architecture. The project tries to present a different perspective on historical events, social and cultural phenomena that are well-known to Ukrainians but frequently unfamiliar to foreigners. In this way, the project paints a picture of modern Ukraine, which is currently being annihilated in all these aspects by the Russians. The posters bring a new depth in the wake of Russia’s invasion: they depict Ukraine that the artists see and desire to see. They portray Ukraine as it usually is. The artists emphasizes that Ukraine will never forget or forgive Russia. Still, they will restore all that is being destroyed with faith and trust in the country and the people, all that we can see today thanks to the posters and their unique perspective.

Pictoric Illustrators’ Club is a community of Ukrainian illustrators, artists and graphic designers, each with a unique style in line with the latest trends in visual arts. The club creates international projects involving talented artists from various countries to promote high-quality, contemporary illustration in Ukraine and abroad. The artists’ works have been featured at the East of Culture – Different Sounds festival in Lublin several times. However, this year, the festival’s visitors will be able to see even more posters than before, including images of Modern Kyiv, Residential Areas, Ukrainian spirits, The Longest Trolleybus Route, Crafts, Borsch, Soviet modernism, Contemporary Ukrainian Music, The bandura or Beekeeping.

The exhibition of Ukrainian illustrators is a bow to Ukrainian culture and Ukrainians, with whom we stand united in these trying times. Ukrainian artists are currently fighting not only through their symbolic works, but also military combat.

When: 7-10 July 2022, 13.00-2.00
Where: festival venue, Błonia near the Castle, Lublin.

Support Ukraine PIC | The image of war – exhibition of posters by artists associated with the Ukrainian club Pictoric

Exhibition of posters about the war in Ukraine, created by the best Ukrainian illustrators, members of the Kyiv-based Pictoric Illustrators’ Club.

The posters on display come from, created by the Pictoric Illustrators’ Club to fight the Russian aggression on Ukraine and to support its people. Their artwork reflects the current situation in Ukraine and conveys their message about the war. They want to bring it to the world to raise awareness about what’s happening in their homeland.

Pictoric Illustrators’ Club is a community of Ukrainian illustrators, artists and graphic designers, each with a unique style in line with the latest trends in visual arts. The club creates international projects involving talented artists from various countries to promote high-quality, contemporary illustration in Ukraine and abroad. The artists’ works have been featured at the East of Culture – Different Sounds festival in Lublin several times. Currently, Pictoric’s artists produce illustrations, comic books, and posters that support Ukraine and its people and inspire the world to fight for freedom and democracy. The works show the horror unfolding on the eastern border. Still, they also give hope for a better tomorrow. These works are meant to show the truth of the situation.

The artists encourage public exhibitions and sharing their illustrations on social media. As one of the illustrators puts it, ‘While air raid sirens continue to wail and explosions echo through the skies, do not close your eyes. We are all Ukrainians.’


When: 7-10 July 2022
Where: po Farze Square

Voices of Lublin – exhibition of Zmicer Waynowski’s photography

Cities speak, and they all speak different languages particular only to them. Most of the languages are intermingled but still remain unique. This mixture is a combination of the signs of a city, signs of its architecture, light, culture, economic development and other things. The mixing process itself is an expressive multifunctional phenomenon that creates sound and gestural communication. Languages of cities transmit, accumulate, and retain knowledge. Their languages are both nominative and emotive, referential and aesthetic. Having left the sign systems, many of these languages have developed meaningful content so much that they acquired a new, unique sound. Wandering around Lublin and listening to this characteristic sound, I try to read it, looking for structure and syntax. This series presents stories I have heard: someone’s deliberations, paraphrases, statements, poems, and much more told in countless languages.

Zmicer Waynowski Member of the Belarusian Association of Photographers
Lived in Lublin for a year
The project’s curator, AlenaPratasevich

When: 7-10 July 2022, 10.00-18.00
Where: Workshops of Culture in Lublin, Grodzka 7

Wschodni Express: Exhibiton of authors and the covers of their books

On top of high-quality literature, the “Wschodni Express” book series also offers unique graphic designs. Every cover is carefully planned in the spirit of minimalism and brings out the essence of a given book’s leitmotif. We combine aesthetic and intellectual value. Why do we do this? Wschodni Express aims at introducing Polish readers to the latest literary texts from Poland’s eastern neighbours, addressing the issues most relevant to their societies and equipped with a critical distance and humour in looking at Europe, ourselves in Europe and Europe within us.

When: 7–10 July 2022, 10.00-20.00
Where: Workshops of Culture, Grodzka 7 and Bałagan, Grodzka 5a


The music line-up of East of Culture – Different Sounds 2022 will feature Godflesh, Squarepusher, Lean Left, Pablopavo i Ludziki, Niemoc and guests, Nanga, Julian Sartorius, Anushka Chkheidze, Cluster Lizard, Kadabra Dyskety Kusaje, Dlina Volny, MaDMApper, NIMF, Bandit Bandit, Fågelle. As part of this year’s record label showcase, we will meet the representatives of the DC label Dischord Records and its bands: Scream, Soulside, Girls Against Boys and Escape-ism.

The festival’s programme is also rich in non-musical events. This year, the festival’s visitors will see, among others: posters by the best Ukrainian illustrators – as a show of support and solidarity with our eastern neighbours, we will see the works of Pictoric Illustrators’ Club at two exhibitions: “Yellow & Blue” and “Support Ukraine PIC | The image of war”. New book launches are also coming this year. The portfolio of Wschodni Express expands to include four new titles: Igor Pomerantsev’s “KGB i inne wiersze”/ “KGB and other poems”, Les’ Belei’s “Lustrzany Sześcian” / “The Mirror cube”, Agnė Žagrakalytė “Klara. Bande dessinée”, Vano Krueger “Ostatni pocałunek Iljicza” / “Lenin’s Last Kiss”. We will also present two new books published in the “Zakotwiczone” series: Jacob Glatstein’s “Dobranoc, świecie” / “Goodnight, world” and Józef Łobodowski’s “Wyzwolenie” / “Liberation”.

East of Culture – Different Sounds is also a festival for children. This year, young visitors will make vegetable instruments, record a music video, create a musical monster and learn to play the ukulele. Ukrainian children are welcome, we will provide an interpreter.

East of Culture – Different Sounds 2022
When: 7-10 July 2022
Where: Lublin – Błonia near the Castle
Admission free


Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, National Centre for Culture, The City of Lublin, Workshops of Culture in Lublin and Kultura Dostępna

The Mayor of Lublin, Krzysztof Żuk, has assumed honorary patronage.

The festival East of Culture – Different Sounds is part of the Keychange network and guarantees a 50:50 gender balance in the festival’s programme until 2022.