“WORK MAKES NO SENSE” 2012, MEDIATIONS BIENNALE, The Unknown, Poznan, Poland.
Object, neon, 350x50x40 cm.
Project is a combination of a very strong visual icon recalling to the entrance slogan of German concentration camp in Auschwitz (and other camps) which was run in 1940 -1945 where around one million people were annihilated by Nazi system of death mainly Polish Jewish origin. Prisoners were forced to deadly hard slavery work in German war industry and in rebuilding the camp itself. Work was installed in Prussian Castle which was erased in Poznan, Poland in the beginning of XX century as a symbol of Prussian ( German) domination over this part of Poland occupied by Prussia since the end of XVIII century. It was erased using slavery work of polish citizens of Wielkopolska region. Installation was put between two bass reliefs allegories of work. The meaning of the text WORK MAKES NO SENSE refers to Calvinist ethic of work ("Work sets you free") which was widely used by Nazi in factories before the WW II and also in concentration camps during the war. There is more slavery work these days than ever before.