Old Fashioned Art

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[ Old-Fashioned Art ]
Monument for Rondo Mogilskue
Sculpture with plaster, bandage and polyester foam
Rondo Mogilskue square, Mai 2009, Krakow, Poland


This monument was the product of a research on the societies that were entering the capitalist market and were dealing with political rights after the collapse of socialism. Societies which ended a social and political situation violently, also tend to abolish their aesthetic. The political renewal and the immense social change, contradict the ideology and art of the past. I was deeply interested in the way public art represents multiple historical narrations and how the relationship between history and territory is dealt in this particular place. Nowadays, every social aspect, even public art, is deleting and sometimes denying and blocking out of memory the socialist past, since it is considered as a traumatic experience. Rondo Mogilskue is a contemporary bustling roundabout, outside Cracow, without public monuments. The “Old-Fashioned Art” is an effort to create a bridge with history, in an area that modern development had overruled. A fighting worker, a symbol of socialism, with the stereotypes of Socialist realism, today appears old fashioned and the sculpture would be ruined and neglected. “Old-Fashioned Art” is a destroyed sculpture of a worker abandoned in the centre of a very busy road that no one would stop even for a moment to observe.