On 30th October, Marta Bednarczyk, who joined European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) under the Erasmus + program, and Ágnes Kárpáti, Michela Plavan, who came to Lithuania to volunteer under the European Solidarity Corps program, visited the MO Museum‘s exhibition “The Origin of Species: 1990s DNA“. Girls joked that for some the exhibition was a walk down memory lane, and for some it became a picturesque history lesson. After visiting the exhibition, Marta agreed to share her impressions:
„How do you know you are getting old? When it takes more than a second to scroll down a list when selecting your birth year? When you hear your favourite high school tune on a ‘classic hits’ radio? When you no longer understand the pop culture references of today’s youth? Or maybe when you see your old tracksuit, Kinder Surprise toys and VHS tapes in a museum? Visiting The Origin of Species: 1990s DNA exhibition in Vilnius’ MO Museum was just that. Realising that the objects, trends and ideas of your youth are a thing of a past.
The post-Soviet changes throughout the last decade of the 20th century seem to have been similar in Lithuania as those that I observed growing up. For one, the tricky transformation from a centrally organised economy to a free capitalist market. New businesses popping up like mushrooms, the first wobbly steps towards democratic participation, and the unprecedented fascination with the glitz of the West. All wrapped up in a thick film of plastic and infinite determination to make ends meet.
How far have we made it!”
As a part of its apprentice programme, EFHR regularly organises visits to cultural and educational institutions for its trainees, interns, and volunteers.