"5 films" presents two major themes of Wojtek Doroszuk’s body of work: the notion of exclusion, immigration and the status of the "stranger", as well as the concept of developing the essence of the film media comprehending motion picture image on a global scale.
Wojtek Doroszuk, "Raspberry Days", 2008, still from the film, photo: press materials
"5 films" presents two major themes of Wojtek Doroszuk's body of work: the notion of exclusion, immigration and the status of the "stranger", as well as the concept of developing the essence of the film media comprehending motion picture image on a global scale.
The films Reisefieber and Raspberry Days turned the spotlight on Doroszuk and introduced him as a creative perpetuator of the critical art movement. However, the accomplishments of this artist from Krakow don't carry journalistic weight of any kind. Both aforementioned films operate with very aesthetic shots and quite specific sluggish poetry. The film Raspberry Days seems actually closer to a wildlife documentary film than to a para-documentary about gastarbeiters. Also, Cosy Wasch and Sumela Restaurant (studies from the series Reisefieber produced in Berlin for the project "Transkultura") present the artist in the role of a Polish immigrant and physical worker. In both those films Doroszuk consistently combines a specific social commentary with sophisticated aesthetics in the cinematography.
The picture Special Features is a compilation of works bearing a film commentary by the artist "exposing" the creative process, sometimes completing the piece with additional footage, just as on a commercial DVD release with so called bonuses. The latest Doroszuk film, entitled Pierwszy dzień lata" / "The first day of Summer was shot in Świecie in the area of the corn factories, ruins of a mental hospital and a field at the bank of the Wda. The artist created the film in collaboration with the town residents. For several days of shooting, three groups of people/actors chosen during an improvised casting took the role of a crowd celebrating the title first day of Summer. The final piece is a veritable collage combining quotes from film noir, elements taken from a loose, surrealistic story, but most importantly quite extensive para-documentary threads resulting from the spontaneous invention of the project's participants.
The exhibition is organised within the frameline of the programme "Geografia kreacyjna - Pejzaże Mentalne" / "Creative Geography – Mental Landscapes" produced by the Mare Articum Foundation as part of the project "Tożsamość. Kreatywność. Dialog" / "Identity. Creativity. Dialogue." co-financed by the city of Szczecin.
Curators: Magdalena Lewoc, Marlena Chybowska-Butler - the Mare Articum Foundation.
The exhibition runs through December 9, 2010 - January 8, 2011.
Al. Wojska Polskiego 84
Source: press release