Artur Żmijewski

Democracies

Artur Żmijewski

Democracies (2010)

10 monitor video installation, loop

1. Re-enactement of the Warsaw Uprising (1944), Battle of the Mokotów district, 2008, Warsaw, Poland, 08:32minutes

3. Live broadcasting of the Germany against Turkey football match in the half-final of

the European Championship, 2008, Berlin, Germany, 06:51minutes

6. Labour Day, 2008, Berlin, Germany, 05:27 minutes

8. Demonstration against the Israeli attack on the Gaza Strip and counter-demonstration, 2009,       Tel Aviv, Israel, 08:42 minutes

9. Demonstration of the supporters of the anti-abortion law, 2007, Warsaw, Poland, 06.18min

11. The funeral of Jörg Haider, leader of the extreme right-wing party BZÖ, boss of the Kärnten regional council, 2008, Vienna, Austria, 07:43 minutes

15. Anti-NATO protests held on the 60th Anniversary of the forming of the alliance, 2009, Strassbourg, France, 07:54 minutes

16. Funeral ceremony devoted to the casualties of Tim Kretschmer shot in the school in Albertville, 2009, Winnenden, Germany, 04:22 minutes

18. Weekly women’s’ protest against the Israeli occupation, 2009, Jerusalem, Israel, 07:40 minutes

19. Loyalists’ Parade - 399th Anniversary of the Battle of Boyne, 2008, Belfast, Northern Ireland 07.40 minutes

A ten monitor video installation with highly debated films. Zmijewski is exploring the free, public expression of opinion in the form of gatherings and crowds in different places in Europe. In a series of short documentary films, he looks into the different symbols of nationalist and other movements visible in a variety of public spaces. All the clips depict public (and political) fervour in different places around Europe, like demonstrations or re-enactments of historical battles, but also documentations of European Football Championships in Berlin and Jörg Haider's funeral in Klagenfurt. Who belongs to Europe, who does not? Who is democratic, Who is not? The questions are left out in the open.

 

Courtesy the artist, Galerie Peter Kilchmann, Zurich, Fokusal Gallery Foundation, Warsaw.

Artur Zmiijewski, visual artist, filmmaker and photographer born on the 26th of May, 1966 in Warsaw, Poland. From 1990 to 1995 he studied at the Sculpture Department of the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw, receiving his diploma under the tutelage of professor Grzegorz Kowalski. He is an author of short video movies and photography exhibitions, which were shown all over the world. Since 2006 he is artistic editor of the "Krytyka Polityczna". Żmijewski represented (2006) Poland at the 51st Art Biennale in Venice, Italy. He is currently Art Director for "Krytyka Polityczna", a socio-political magazine held in high regard in Poland. In 2007, he published a collection of interviews with various artists entitled Drżące ciała ("Shivering Bodies"). Żmijewski is a regular collaborator of the Foksal Gallery Foundation. He works and lives in Warsaw.