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More Air, 1986, courtesy of Jozef Robakowski

Friday, April 8, 2011 - Sunday, May 15, 2011

Goethe-Institut Curatorial Residencies
38 Ludlow Street, New York, NY
Admission: Free Tel: 212.228.6848
Hours: Thurs - Sun 1PM - 6 PM
(and by appointment)

April 7, 7:00 PM
Roundtable with Jozef Robakowski

Goethe-Institut Wyoming Building
72 Spring Street
New York, NY 10012
Tel. 212.439.8700
Admission: Free

April 8, 6-8 pm
Exhibition opening at Ludlow 38

Jozef Robakowski is the grand seigneur of Polish expanded cinema. [...] His unique experiments on film and photography from the 1970sĀ are in many ways strongly related to the western Expanded Cinema movement - which he continues with a striking consequence up till today using different media.

-Kata Krasznahorkai

The first solo US exhibition by JOZEF ROBAKOWSKI - a pioneer of avant-garde film and video art in Poland and abroad - focuses on the artist's collaborative work from his beginnings in the late 1960s through the present. These projects and archival documents bring into light Robakowski's work not only as a veteran filmmaker and artist, but also as an initiator and organizer, engaged in dialogue with several artists in collective experimental practice.

On March 7th the exhibition opening will be preceded by a roundtable with Barbara London (Associate Curator, Department of Media and Performance Art, MoMA New York), Marielle Nitoslawska (Professor in Film Production, Concordia University, Montreal), and the exhibition curators Tobi Maier and Michal Jachula.

The exhibition brings together films and video works such as Market, 1970 (collaboration with Ryszard Meissner and Tadeusz Junak), Test I, 1971, produced within the framework of the Workshop of the Film Form and Attention: Light!, 2004 (collaboration with Paul Sharits and Wieslaw Michalak).

The political dimension of Robakowski's art, specifically from the period of martial law in Poland (1981-83), rises to the surface. The subjects of trust, collective expression and shared experience are reflected in the activities and actions initiated by the Exchange Gallery established in the artist's own apartment in Lodz in 1978.

Documents and photographs showing the activities of the Workshop of the Film Form; a video library featuring selected DVDs with films, videos, documentaries and television programs as well as a selection of books, catalogs and ephemera produced by and drawn from the collection of the Exchange Gallery, Lodz, complement the film and video works.


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