The album Workers — the first publication of the Edward Dwurnik Foundation — is a monographic study of the painting cycle by Edward Dwurnik, comprising 260 works created between 1975 and 1991. Its main protagonists are the titular Workers — identified by the painter with the entire Polish nation — oppressed by the Soviet regime and resisting it. On large canvases, Polish women and men, the same individuals portrayed by Dwurnik in the parallel monumental cycle Athletes, take to the streets, raising banners and fists with freedom slogans on their lips. Dwurnik actively comments on and documents the turbulent times of the birth of Solidarity and martial law, portraying its heroes and commemorating the victims. However, he does not compose a celebratory anthem — alongside the dramatic events, the artist depicts the dangers of devotional entanglement in religion and mindless involvement in nationalist dogmas. Created over 16 years, the series is highly diverse. It includes expressive aesthetic images in the spirit of Western European transavant-garde, dreamy depictions full of poetic melancholy and sorrow, elaborate grand allegories, and references and quotes from other artists and literature.
The book has 614 pages and over 350 reproductions of paintings, drawings, sketches, and archival photographs.