love you/Bye-bye is a triptych about the meaning of the fast exchange
of memory, emotions and life in the transforming city, compressed into
a single object like a child's toy. It was inspired by a found object
in a friend's apartment - a toy telephone with only three call buttons
for three different sound options. Depending upon the button selected,
one is greeted by a voice saying: Hello, I Love you or Bye-Bye. Grupa
Škart printed an edition of three posters to be displayed in private or
public spaces. Škart related each of the three posters to each of the
voices by thematically reproducing photographs women from three different
post-war decades, set in three different social situations.
The first poster (Hello) shows a group of women from the '50s enjoying
themselves during a break from work. The second (I Love You) is an image
from the '60s of a young girl playing with a toy in front of her family
house, sitting among a thousand other toys. The third poster (Bye-Bye)
presents an image of a teenage girl during the '70s posing for a collective
photograph traditionally taken at the end of high-school final exams.
However, because she was tutored privately and did not have class-mates,
she stands alone in front of the forest with no classmates around her.
The posters confirm that cultural transformation can be found in an instant
as a minimal, compressed memory, contained in the form of a banal product.
Apparently independent of the content that it carries, the toy can play
a double role in the face of Belgrade's recent historical transformation:
an everyday object that has been transformed from its original function
(i.e. from a telephone to a toy) becomes a playful means of understanding
the many changes in urban memory.
ŠKART is one of Europe's most well-known
art action groups, founded in 1990 by Dragan Protic and Djordje Balmazovic.
The group participates in exhibitions with installations and concepts.
Sight, sound and surprise are their tools. They have mounted more than
10 solo exhibitions and participated in international group-art events.
SKART has won various awards (Silver Medal - World Exhibition of Intentions:
Eureka, Brussels, 1993). SKART also produces graphic design for several
theatre festivals, art events and radio. As visual artists and experimental
graphic designers with a strong attachment to community-based work, they
have initiated and participated in many collaborative projects related
to particular uncertain and traumatic social issues; very often the street
is the medium in which they act.