In 2017, it was the 75th anniversary of one of the most tragic events related to the history of World War II. In September 1942, from the ghetto created in Łódź, the Germans ordered all children under the age of 10 to be deported because they were not fit for work.
Although several decades have passed since these tragic events that went down in history under the name Great Szpera, humanity has not drawn conclusions. Despite the establishment of many international institutions to protect the youngest, their rights are continually being violated. Also now there are wars in the world: in Syria, Ukraine, the situation is tense in Asia and children are dying of starvation in Africa.
Artur Chrzanowski, the curator, invited young artists, students and recent graduates of the Academy of Fine Arts and Film School in Łódź and the University of Łódź who were at the start of their career to contribute to the exhibition. The exhibition has been divided into two integral parts. The educational and informational role is fulfilled by the educational part, designed by Weronika Hrynkiewicz, a graduate of the Faculty of Graphic Design and Painting Arts at the Fine Arts Academy in Łódź. The second part of the exhibition is composed of individual artistic statements - interpretations of selected children's rights, created by Magdalena Franczuk, Małgorzata Pawlak, Ada Birecka, Angelika Korzeniowska, Agnieszka Kozi Kozłowska, Agata Wieczorek, and Katarzyna Świstek.
The exhibition "There are no children, there are people. Children's rights are human rights" was created as part of the "Children of the 21st Century" project.
The exhibition was moved to 11 rollups (2m x 1m) thanks to the cooperation and co-financing of the Ombudsman for Children, Marek Michalak.