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Anna Molska, Jesus Loves Me, stills from video
Art in General and
the Polish Cultural Institute

Anna Molska
Eastern European Residency Exchange Exhibition

Thursday, April 17, 2008 - Saturday, May 31, 2008

Art in General
79 Walker Street, New York, NY Tel: 212.219.0473
Hours: Tue. through Sat., 12-6PM

Even as an art student under the legendary Grzegorz Kowalski at Warsaw's Academy of Fine Arts, Anna Molska already reveals exceptional maturity, individuality, and craftsmanship in her application of digital video and perfectly integrated soundtrack to such classical subjects as the nude or the landscape. She combines technical skill with an ability to cast a spell - and break it. Her strategy involves playing a game with the viewer, whom she seduces by inducing a state of aesthetic satisfaction with a perfect form and then, suddenly breaks this convention and brings us back to a reality that is by definition imperfect, or just reveals a certain self-irony.

From the start she has brought a feminist critique to the two great patriarchal archetypes of woman: as saint or sinner. In 2006, she won an Honorable Mention in the Samsung Art Master Competition in Warsaw for the film Jesus Loves Me, its title a song by Cocorosie, which Molska sings with the devotion of a pious child, but internalizing the good girl / bad girl polarity by gradually distorting digitally the child's face into that of a creepily sinister alter ego. In the same competition the following year she won Second Prize for her film Tanagrama, taking as its starting point Kowalski's earlier Manipulable Composition (in which he invited viewers to re-configure its geometric elements). In this complex, masterly work, she merges video-performance, choreography, a dialogue, and the tension between corporeality and abstraction into a film having clear associations with the Russian avant-garde and demonstrating her characteristic mastery of the soundtrack.

Anna Molska's residency is part of Art in General's Eastern European Residency Exchange, which gives artists the opportunity to create a new work in a new context and to meet and interact with art communities in Eastern Europe and New York City. Anna Molska's residency at Art in General is made possible thanks to the support of the Trust for Mutual Understanding and the Polish Cultural Institute in New York.

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