Tadeusze

2019
in collaboration with Karolina Kubik
part of 'Alternatives of destruction' exhibition curated by Richard Gregor

‘Tadeusze’ is a project, which presents the alternate history fiction of the solid monument of two soldiers holding a girl. 

The original ‘Monument of Gratitude for the Soviet Army’ was founded in the city center of Legnica, small Polish city in 1951. Since then it becomes a controversial element of the local landscape. At one time, people referred to it as ‘Two Ivans’ or 'Two Gays’.

In 2018, new de-communization law required removal of the monument. We managed to discover that it was transported in parts to the Legnica's cemetery.

Our project re-writes the scenario by presenting them as a family who relieved themselves from the stiff structures of human minds by skateboarding. We decided to give them a freedom they never had. 

The title of the project is a reference to the epic poem ‘Sir Thaddeus’ (Polish title ‘Pan Tadeusz’), an iconic example of Polish Romanticism in literature written by Adam Mickiewicz and published in 1836.


 
Tadeusze, exhibition view 
Regional Gallery of Fine Arts in Zlín, 2019