Anna Molska "Human Material"

Museum of Arts & Design

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In recognition of the surreal vision and original voice of this provocative, young Polish video artist, the Museum of Arts and Design presents "Anna Molska: Human Material" as the next installment of its "Never Dark Initiative," a perpetual-play cinema series in the MAD Theater.

With visually arresting images and situations ranging from women singing traditional Polish songs in an abandoned Communist-era arts center; a scrawny, bare-chested young man in Bermuda shorts flagellating himself inside a foam-filled greenhouse; young men recreating Malevich’s Black Square with blocks, the 29-year-old Molska has gained critical renown for works that draw upon historical events and art history to examine cultural production in a post-communist Eastern Europe. "What's so compelling about Molska’s video work is that it articulates the social structures and situations we have inherited as a society–asking questions about the world we find ourselves in, how it shapes us, and how we can affect it," says Jake Yuzna, Manager of Public Programs, curator of the series. Trained under Grzegorz Kowalski, known for genre-defying work that focuses on audience-artwork relationship, at the Warsaw Academy of Fine Arts, Molska highlights the place and experience of the individual within larger political systems in cinema that spans semi-documentary to absurdist fantasy. Among the works included in "Human Material" are "W-F*S (Work), P=W:T (Power)," which was shown at the Berlin Biennale in 2008; and "Tanagram," which was included in the New Museum’s "The Generational: Younger Than Jesus." Several of the work will also screen concurrently at the Tate Modern’s exhibition, "Stage and Twist: Anna Molska and Ciprian Mureș."

[Image: Anna Molska "Hectacomb" Image Courtesy of Broadway 1602 New York and Foksal Gallery Foundation, Warsaw]



from July 06, 2012 to October 07, 2012


Anna Molska

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