“Dementia” by Gaia in Lodz, Poland

Walking for Lodz we come across a remarkable composition and not easy to interpret for a foreign citizen. The author is Gaia – Andrew Pisacane – born in New York and active since the very young age in the field of art. His subjects are often complex and deal with delicate aspects of humanity and the society in which the individual works. The artist always creates pieces with numerous social and political references to the neighborhood where they were painted, fascinated by the development of big cities, but also by influential people who have actively participated in urban development. His compositions resemble great collages where politicians and historical figures appear in black and white. A recurring theme is immigration.
Thanks to these elements, the reading of this composition – realized for Galeria Urban Forms – is clearer. The protagonists of the composition are: Andrzej Tadeusz Bonawentura Kościuszko, a Polish general and engineer who fought for the independence of the Polish-Lithuanian Confederation and the United States; Thomas Jefferson, US Politician, Scientist and Architect. Illuminist, was a proponent of a secular and liberal state, and supported the formal and legal egalitarianism of all human beings, even though he did not want to speak against slavery.
Beyond the relationships between the two characters, the focus is on the theme of urban demolition and renewal. First of all, the construction of the statue in 1930, its destruction during the Nazi occupation and its reconstruction in the 1960s.
Secondly,on the right there are three buildings that are no longer present in the immediate vicinity: the Hotel Centrum, the building that occupied the lot directly in front of the now demolished wall, and the old railway station.


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