Prolegomena, 2020

  • installation

The work was created in response to the annual marches of 11 November – on the anniversary of regaining independence by Poland. Initially, it was going to be presented along the route of the Warsaw march, but it did not happen for safety reasons. It is a strange paradox that the slogan could be interpreted by the march participants as offensive, even though it expresses a well-known fact – we trample Poland with every step we make, every day. However, in the context of events strongly marked by publically manifested national ideology, this phrase presents us with a difficult choice. Should I march or remain passive? If I do join in, what should be my message? And who should I march with? A simple physical activity, such as walking, can potentially become an important movement defining our civic attitude. At the same time, it is a gesture whose consequences cannot be fully predicted.

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