Souvenirs from Warsaw /2017

(urban intervention using fridge magnets with appropriated advertisements)

These leaflets can be seen everywhere in central Warsaw. They advertise striptease and massage, 'sexy nymphomaniacs' and 'perverted students', 24h and takeaway available. Their distributors stick them behind windscreen wipers or into doors of the parked cars – and drivers just throw them away, too lazy or too ashamed to take the leaflet with them till the next trash can. Leaflets pile up on the ground and get carried around by the wind. Sometimes, the distributors themselves skip several stages in leaflets' lifespan and throw them on the pavements from the very start.

Due to their widespreadness, these leaflets have become one of the symbols of Warsaw, albeit one of the least wanted ones. Probably, even less wanted than the Soviet Palace of Culture and Science. But still something a tourist might want to take home as a souvenir from the Polish capital.

A fake stand with magnets with copies of these leaflets was temporarily installed in the Warsaw Old Town not far from the real stands selling tourist magnets.

The project was made during the Gaude Polonia scholarship programme of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage.

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