Varsovia. Semper Invicta. (t-shirt and video)

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  • The phrase "Semper invicta" can be found written in marker on the seat of a tram or on an incompetently scratched-off sticker on the subway. This is the motto of the city of Warsaw. In 1939, a decision the Supreme Commander Major General Wladyslaw Sikorski added it to the coat of arms of Warsaw "in recognition of the heroic, persevering courage proven by the population of the capital city of Warsaw in defense against the German invasion." Memories of heroism and bloodshed are with us at every corner in the form of monuments, countless memorial plaques, the remains of buildings. From a young age we are taught to proudly carry the memory of the heroes of the streets of Warsaw. The older we get, the more votes subject that same pride to doubt. My project is not historical commentary. It is in reference to the present, and to the burden of our awareness of living in a city where people like us loved and died for their beliefs. The extent of these events puts the bar very high, at some times questioning the importance of our daily suffering and happiness. That city is gone, the new one still has its nightmares.
    T-shirt was made on high-quality cotton produced in Lodz. The silk-screen printing was executed with the utmost care using a mixture of paint and silver pigment specially formulated for this project.

    The stone tablet theme and the Albertus typeface are a reference to early Factory Records design, the timeless elegance of cold and darkness.