2015 / 63min / DCP
Fri 15.4.2016 klo 19:45 Malmitalo, Ala-Malmin tori 1 Helsinki

The Performer’s main character is a Polish performance artist Oskar Dawicki who, while preparing his magnum opus, learns that his mentor Zbigniew Warpechowski (himself) is dying. Warpechowski mentors also the Dearest (Andrzej Chyra), Oskar’s friend and a rival, who devoted himself to more commercial art and became the most profitable Polish contemporary artist. Oskar is at the turning point of his life and a love affair with his art dealer (Agata Buzek) doesn´t make it any easier.

Oscar Dawicki is one of the most interesting contemporary performance artists. The main theme of his art is the search for an answer to the question of whether Oskar Dawicki exists at all. Dawicki joins a romantically-tragic existential dilemmas with the critical dimension of conceptual art. He has a blue, shining coat as his trademark. The self-reflection about his own institutional status as a contemporary artist is interwoven with reflection on his transitoriness, conventionality, airiness and weakness. Dawicki’s imagination is built of discomfort, disagreement and complication, while the non-productivity of art seems to be its most promising aspect to him.



The Polish word ”kroki” means steps. It is also the Finnish word for ”croquis”, meaning rapid drawings of a living model, often made in a series. In Kroki we celebrate the rich history and present day of Polish cinema with three masterpieces. The works have a common theme in the circumstances of life. Andrzej Żuławski´s The Third Part of the Night (Trzecia cześć nocy, 1971) opens up a desperate surreal view on the events of the II World War. Wilhelm and Anka Sasnal´s Parasite (Huba, 2013) tells a tale of three people whose existence is all about domination, dependence and survival. The Performer (2015) is a film about the performance artist Oskar Dawicki, whose career is based on the doubting and questioning the essence of his own identity.

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