Tymczasem Pa (Goodbye For Now)
“Entering the construction site is forbidden,” “The elephant presentation will begin at 1130,” “Feeding is forbidden.” These large signs with naive hand-written phrases are the 3-dimensional replicas of signs found in the drawings of Antonio Kowalski. During the German occupation of Poznań, Kowalski drew animated and cheerful pictures for his son who lived in the country and out of harms way. Within the depicted scenes of everyday Poznań these signs were one of the only indications of politicaltension.
“Tymczasem Pa” (Goodbye for now), was the phrase Kowalski used to sign off every letter, and is also the title of the book by historian Piotr Korduba which recently brought new light to these documents. The phrase also lends itself in a different way to the installation; Goodbye for now, you know longer serve a purpose. Goodbye for now to a fading memory that will remain indefinitely recognizable.
The signs are painted in a green screen like paint. They could be fading into the park, or have been transported from another setting.