Images from Open Form, Continued performance
Event:
Screening, talk and performance

Presentation of experimental and artist films by Polish women artists from 1970’s - 2000s

Discussion to follow with Aniko Imre, PhD, and Eve Oishi PhD

Open Form performance organized by Kim Schoen and Lucy Cook, presenting Ania Diakoff


Women’s Center for Creative Work, Los Angeles, CA
May 20, 2016

Organized by Gosia Wojas.

Chapter (5)
~ Against the Grain


Proposed as a two part screening, Against the Grain features women artists whose work represents a particular momentum in the experimental and independent art film making in Poland. A generative insight into shifting ideologies, structures and methods of working and communicating within, but not limited to, early Polish feminism, its revival in the 1990’s, conceptualism and the structural cinema model.

Art historian Dr. Izabela Kowalczyk argued, in a 1997 paper titled, Feminist motifs in Polish art that feminist artists in Poland failed to accurately respond to women's issues during its oppressive regime, and instead borrowed already existing models developed by feminist artists working in the West. The screening sets this statement up for a debate by featuring women artists whose work represents a particular momentum in the experimental and independent art filmmaking in Poland. The selected films offer a unique insight into the shifting ideologies, structures, and methods of working and communicating within early Polish feminism, its revival in the 1990’s, conceptualism and the structural cinema model.

Against the Grain
features works by Zofia Kulik, of group KwieKulik, Iwona Lemke-Konart, Natalia LL, Jolanta Marcolla, Ewa Partum and Jadwiga Singer as well as contemporary artists, Aneta Grzeszykowska, Katarzyna Kozyra and Agnieszka Polska. A discussion on feminism during socialism and the magic of experimental film will follow with scholars dr. Aniko Imre and dr. Eve Oishi.

The evening will end with a participatory artwork as a performance, Open Form, Continued, directed by artists Kim Schoen, Lucy Cook and presenting Ania Diakoff.

Films courtesy Fimoteka, Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw.