Lucija Rosc’s ongoing project Birthday Maypoles represents the systematic pursuit of the sociological and social phenomenon of decorating the environment at birthday celebrations, which the author perceives in her immediate surroundings. Throughout history, the manners of celebrating birthdays have changed. Because of their size and visibility, maypoles traditionally announced the great importance of an event. Today, maypoles are supplemented with various forms of ornamentation, with which the immediate or broader community (family, friends, fellow-citizens) honour and mark the special personal holiday (usually milestone anniversaries), temporarily altering the appearance of the honoree’s home and locale. Within the broader social context, such celebrations fulfill the need for socialising, belonging, and affirmation, both for the individual and the community. On a symbolic level, they imitate a ritual, in which the impact of the entertainment industry is increasingly evident in contemporary times. In decoration, this is shown in the carefree combining of various entertaining elements, from the humorous to the obscene, which result in more or less creative, original and (un)successful temporary sculptures. The documentary depiction of maypoles, traffic signs, wooden flowers, banners, posters, etc., thus represents the topography of such sculptures, the visual markers of a personal holiday that temporarily alter the appearance of the cultural landscape, as well as serving as a display of the folksiness and the intercommunity connectedness of a specific space and time.
Size: 30 × 21 cm, 18 pages + A3 signed poster
Binding: Paperback with PVC clear cover
Publisher: DobraVaga & Kino Šiška, 2019