AICA Luxembourg, Luxembourg
Zollzeit (the time of customs) is a public installation that analyzes an abstract route between Poland of the 70s (during the communist era) and western Europe of the 00s. This project that evokes customs while questionning a politcal kitsch aesthetic, recalls different aspects of the polish Solidarnosc movement that was struggling against the communist regime. The journey through time finally arrives in the contemporary capitalistic era, where eastern Europe before the fall of the Berlin Wall, could be considered as a sort of nostalgic fairy tale in our collective inconscience. The Polski Fiat 126, that was a standard car in many countries of the Eastern Bloc, is respresented here like the Golden Calf taken from the bible. Zollzeit is questionning memory, disappointment and dreams in an utopic way, considering that historical recollection can also be produced by a corrupted mind.
© Filip Markiewicz
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