“For me painting is an introverted activity, which demands my complete attention. When I’m filming, I notice that I am much more open to the world and that I get more back. I need both media.” Wilhelm Sasnal’s acute observation of the reality that surrounds him produces slices of time preserved on film that touch and comment on our time.
Wilhelm Sasnal (b. 1972 in Tarnów, Poland) studied painting at the the Kraków Academy of Fine Arts and has become one of the most important European contemporary artists in the last decade. Recently, Sasnal and his wife, Anka Sasnal have made 35mm feature length films Huba (2013), Aleksander (2012) and It Looks Pretty From a Distance (2011). We present a compilation of his 16mm short films.
EN GARDE: WILHELM SASNAL
SUN 13.4.2014 Pieni sali (Malmitalo) 19:00
1. CENTRUM (2004, 8:21)
2. NOWA HUTA (2005, 6:20)
Founded in 1949, Nowa Huta was intended to be a model city of socialist urban planning in Poland. The buildings and street life is combined with pages from a script or diary describing the place, like the intertitles in a silent film.
3. UNTITLED (“ELVIS”) (2007, 6:50)
Found footage of Elvis Presley doing a live performance of “Unchained Melody” shortly before he died.