The exhibition “Savva Sivko (1888–1978). Photographer Lubchansky region”
For the first time, the exhibition presents the creative heritage of the village photographer Savva Vladimirovich Sivko (1888 - 1978), who was born in the village of Senno near the Belarusian town of Lyubcha and has worked in this region for more than 30 years. The presented materials are a storehouse of visual information telling about the everyday life of the Belarusians, the “Westerners,” in the complex era of changes - the 20-50s of the 20th century. It all began a year and a half ago, when two small briefcases with old glass plates of interwar time got into the funds of the museum. But neither the author nor the exact location of the filming in the photographs at that time were known. Surprising was the fact of the existence of such a large collection. Preserved 582 (and today their number was 1027!) Fragile glass negatives. And this after all the cataclysms of the twentieth century! Museum workers began work on finding the author of the “archive of the century.” The exhibition will tell about the history of this interesting search, as well as present new findings that appeared already during museum expeditions thanks to the fellow countrymen of the photographer - residents of the village of Lyubcha, villages Kupisk, Senno. One of them, a 98-year-old resident from the village of Nyankovo, Ivan Ignatievich Komar, recalled the author's name, Savva Vladimirovich Sivko. The exhibition will feature 170 photographs of Savva Sivko. Most of them are real gelatins — silver photo prints printed from original photo negatives using contact photo printing by a modern photo artist Albert Tsekhanovich. The entire collection can be seen on one of the monitors installed in the exhibition hall.