exhibition
Artur Zmijewski, Them, 2007. NGC Collection. Courtesy the artist, Galerie Peter Kilchmann, Zurich, Foksal Gallery Foundation, Warsaw
Artur Zmijewski, Them, 2007. NGC Collection. Courtesy the artist, Galerie Peter Kilchmann, Zurich, Foksal Gallery Foundation, Warsaw
Artur Zmijewski, Them , 2007. NGC Collection. Courtesy the artist, Galerie Peter Kilchmann, Zurich, Foksal Gallery Foundation, Warsaw
Artur Zmijewski, Them, 2007. NGC Collection. Courtesy the artist, Galerie Peter Kilchmann, Zurich, Foksal Gallery Foundation, Warsaw
Artur Zmijewski, Them , 2007. NGC Collection. Courtesy the artist, Galerie Peter Kilchmann, Zurich, Foksal Gallery Foundation, Warsaw
Artur Zmijewski, Them, 2007. NGC Collection. Courtesy the artist, Galerie Peter Kilchmann, Zurich, Foksal Gallery Foundation, Warsaw
Artur Zmijewski, Them, 2007. NGC Collection. Courtesy the artist, Galerie Peter Kilchmann, Zurich, Foksal Gallery Foundation, Warsaw
Artur Zmijewski, Them, 2007. NGC Collection. Courtesy the artist, Galerie Peter Kilchmann, Zurich, Foksal Gallery Foundation, Warsaw
Artur Zmijewski, Them (detail), 2007. NGC Collection. Courtesy the artist, Galerie Peter Kilchmann, Zurich, Foksal Gallery Foundation, Warsaw
Artur Zmijewski, Them (detail), 2007. NGC Collection. Courtesy the artist, Galerie Peter Kilchmann, Zurich, Foksal Gallery Foundation, Warsaw
Sep 09, 2011 - Oct 30, 2011

“I film situations that I have provoked and set
in motion … What is most important to me is
the content, communication. Entering into a
discussion. Taking the floor. Speaking out on
the matter.”

 

Artur Zmijewski’s provocative videos create a “philosophical laboratory” in
which a loose set of social parameters devised by the artist unfolds according
to participant engagement. In Them , Zmijewski invites individuals from
four distinct factions within Poland – elderly Catholic women, left-wing
social activists, members of the All-Polish Youth and a Jewish youth group
– to take part in a “game” that begins with each creating its own national
flag. The edited video recounts moments over the next few days, as members
critique and interrogate their competing ideologies and visions for their
country’s fledgling democracy.