The work consists of plates with the names of several streets in Wrocław, which closely imitate those functioning in the cityscape. The artist used “scratch” paint to make them. Underneath the paint, the old German equivalents of the street names are hidden. The visitors can reveal them by removing the uppermost layer of paint. The project emphasises Wrocław’s complicated and complex history, which some find fascinating and worth rediscovering while others deny it and consider it unwanted. This thorny issue often leads to disagreements, e.g. when deciding on new street names. However, every now and then the German heritage in the city lurks from underneath the subsequent, overlapping layers of contemporariness.
photo by Małgorzata Kujda