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    Kamila Szejnoch’s Swing

    Swing is a project made by Kamila Szejnochwas, installed in 2008 on the Berling Army Soldier Monument in Warsaw, Poland.

    Says the author:

    The project Carousel Slide Swing aims to pursue a dialog with memorials that served as communist propaganda. Although such memorials have been consigned to the historical scrap heap, we can still meet them in the streets and parks.

    To suggest a change in the function of the monuments is an attempt to build a bridge between the present and the past, to add a contemporary layer distinct from their original style and function. For example the idea of Swing is based on a contrast between the monumental bronze Berling Army Soldier and a tiny individual swung by a big hand of history.

    Swing was the winner of the Szpilman Award, which is an international award for ephemeral/temporary art.

    Link to the artist’s website, via Urban Bricolage

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