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November 7, 2014 @ 7:00 am - 9:00 pm
screenings of artists’ films
Date : Tuesday, November 4, 2014 at 7pm – free admission by reservation
Screenings in the presence of the artist Wojtek Doroszuk on Tuesday 4th November at 7 pm at No.5 boulevard Malesherbes, Paris 8ème (near the Fondation d’Entreprise Ricard) – admission fee by reservation (cf: Practical informations at right on the page).
Secret Cinema is interested in rare and unusual film works, produced outside known commercial circuits. Usually contextual, these works, whose subjects and aesthetic stem from particular positions in the arena of art, society and politics, are presented here by their author in the private setting of a tiny cinema hidden in the basement at no.5 boulevard Malesherbes. Secret Cinema sessions, which are unique, obscure and exciting, propose a vision on the sidelines of the youngest and most innovative international art scene.
For this first Secret Cinema session, it seemed to us judicious to show Dissection Theater. This film, made in 2006 and several times censored, immediately introduces Wojtek Doroszuk’s approach. Shot in the basement of a hospital in Krakow, its subject is the preparation of a body. Nothing obscene here, except that the lifeless body is dressed away from prying eyes and that here film is also used to transcribe a social, cultural and taboo process. What is involved for Wojtek Doroszuk is descending into the physical and geographical bases of culture. Osad (Sediment), his last film, also deals with this issue. Filmed in Poznan, in Poland, in the premises of the Arsenal, the city’s municipal art centre, it visually and materially explores the wings of the culture factory. In the film, this latter appears abandoned and uninhabited. On the contrary, it is radically incorporated in a film such as Prince. In it, Elohim “Prince” Ntsiete, dressed like Michael Jackson, walks through the streets of Brazzaville. In so doing, through his dancing and his clothes, he typifies a particular subcultural geographical and aesthetic position, a popular practice which the film here attests to. This practice of well-dressed young African men is incidentally the subject of a work, still at the editing stage, which will be specifically screened for a special “working copy” presented by Wojtek Doroszuk.
Wotjek Doroszuk was born in 1980 in Poland. He is a graduate of the Krakow Academy of Fine Arts and currently lives in France and Poland.