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'Freeing the landscape'
What would happen if some would somebody erase a member of your family from all existed pictures from your family albums? Would you still remember that person?
Similarly, what you happen if data about past fact were erased from our common history, would they stay in human memory?
Postcards pictures from the Communist era in Eastern Europe trigger my emotion and imagination. I collected many postcard over few years. In project ‘Freeing the landscape’(2017), I consider removing ideological signs from 24 archival pictures.
Blank spaces have a circle shape, which is a metaphor of forgetting.
SVA Thesis exhibition installation views, SVA Chealsy Gallery, NY 2017.
Freeing the Landscape, detail, assamblage, SVA Chealsy Gallery 2017.
The Alexander Nevsky Cathedral (Polish: Sobór św. Aleksandra Newskiego, Russian: Александро-Невский собор в Варшаве) was a Russian Orthodox Cathedral in Saxon Square built in Warsaw, Poland, then a part of the Russian Empire. The cathedral was designed by distinguished Russian architect Leon Benois, and was built between 1894 and 1912. When it was finally completed, it was 70 metres in height, at that time, the tallest building in Warsaw.
It was demolished in mid-1920s by the Polish authorities less than 15 years after its construction. The negative connotations in Poland associated with Russian imperial policy towards Poland, and belief it was built purposely to hurt Polish national feelings, was cited as the major motive by the proponents of the demolition, especially since the church occupied one of Warsaw's main squares. The cathedral shared the fate of many Orthodox churches demolished after Poland regained its independence from Russia.
The burden, photo-based assemblage, 70x36x10 inch, 2017.
The Germans razed Warsaw to the ground. Hitler, ignoring the agreed terms of the capitulation, ordered the entire city to be razed to the ground and the library and museum collections taken to Germany or burned. Monuments and government buildings were blown up by special German troops known as Verbrennungs-und Vernichtungskommando("Burning and Destruction Detachments").
About 85% of the city had been destroyed, including the historic Old Town and the Royal Castle.
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