AGAINST THE GRAIN 
Selection of experimental films by Polish women artists, 1970’s – present, from the Warsaw’s Museum of Modern Art’s Filmoteka archive.
Women’s Center for Creative Work
2425 Glover Pl. Los Angeles, CA 90031
Friday, May 20th, 2016
7:00 – 9:00PM
Press release
 
Employing the medium of film as a tool for self expression and experimentation, polish women artists working during the 1970’s established a fruitful ground for diverse ideas within artistic practices. Often times approaching film from the perspective of a sculptor, painter or photographer, and collapsing various visual mediums with happenings, performance and public interventions, they sought to challenge false reality represented in film and critique its subjective communication while developing their own language in structural cinema.
The screening does not present a comprehensive view of a dynamic period, but rather features women artists whose work represents a particular momentum in the experimental and independent art film making in Poland. The films offer a delightful insight into the shifting ideologies, structures and methods of working and communicating within, but not limited to, early Polish feminism, its revival in the 1990’s, conceptualism and structural cinema model.
Against the Grain will feature works by Zofia Kulik, of group KwieKulik, Natalia LLJolanta MarcollaEwa Partum and Jadwiga Singer as well as contemporary film makers, Zuzanna JaninKatarzyna Kozyra and Agnieszka Polska. An informal, reflective discussion will follow with scholars dr. Aniko Imre, dr. Eve Oishi and artist Kim Schoen.
The screening is organized by Gosia Wojas.
Anikó Imre, Ph.D. is an associate professor and chair of the Division of Cinema and Media Studies at the School of Cinematic Arts of the University of Southern California. She has published widely on media globalization and (post)socialism. She is the author of Identity Games: Globalization and the Transformation of Post-Communist Media Cultures (MIT Press, 2009) editor of East European Cinemas (AFI Film Readers, Routledge, 2005), The Blackwell Companion to East European Cinemas (2012), and co-editor of Transnational Feminism in Film and Media (Palgrave, 2007), Popular Television in the New Europe (Routledge, 2012); of special issues of The Journal of Popular Film and Television on Television Entertainment in the New Europe (2012), the European Journal of Cultural Studies on Media Globalization and Post-Socialist Identities (May 2009), and of Feminist Media Studies, on Transcultural Feminist Mediations (December 2009). She co-edits the Palgrave book series Global Cinemas and sits on the editorial boards of several journals. Her monograph TV Socialism is forthcoming in 2016 in Duke University Press’s Console-ing Passions series.
Eve Oishi, Ph.D. is an associate professor and chair of the Cultural Studies at Claremont Graduate University where she teaches courses on the Transnational Media Theory, Popular Culture, Film Theory and Criticism, Feminist and Queer Theory, the Time and Space of Cultural Studies, Cultural Studies – Activism and Social Change. She is the author of Reading Realness: Paris is Burning, Wildness, and Queer and Transgender Documentary Practice, The Blackwell Companion to Documentary Cinema (Wiley-Blackwell, 2015), “I-HotelRoutledge Companion to Asian American and Pacific Islander Literature and Culture (Routledge, 2014), The Asian American Fakeness Canon, 1972-2002,” Aztlan: A Journal of Chicano Studies (2007). Her curatorial work in experimental film includes Queer Shorts Program, at the Los Angeles Asian Pacific American Film and Video Festival (2003-2006), and the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival (2003- 2005). She was also a Foreign Feature Film Consultant at the Sundance Film Festival (2006).
Kim Schoen‘s work with photography, video, and text takes on the rhetorics of display in consumer culture. She deconstructs existing representations, ones intended to persuade and convince, breaking down consumer ‘experiences’ into their constituent parts and allowing those parts to take center stage. Recent exhibitions of her work include Have You Never Let Someone Else Be Strong, (MMoCA), duh? Art & Stupidity (Focal Point Gallery, UK), Imitation Game (Maraya Art Centre, Sharjah, UAE), Remembering Forward: (LAXART, Los Angeles), Objective Considerations of Contemporary Phenomena (MOTInternational Projects, London), Stupidious (South London Gallery, London), and Unsparing Quality (Diane Rosenstein Gallery, Los Angeles). Schoen’s work has been written about in the Los Angeles Times, Art in America, and her essays on repetition and photography (“The Serial Attitude Redux”, “The Expansion of the Instant”) have been published in X-TRA Quarterly for Contemporary Art. Her most recent photographic essay was just published in Issue VII of E.R.O.S. Press, London. She is the co-founder and editor of MATERIAL Press.
Gosia Wojas (b. Poland) is the founder of Projekt Papier, an archive platform documenting and promoting artistic, curatorial and art historical practices. Editor of upcoming series, The Absent Museum, utopian exhibition proposals, and Material-i-ty, a collection of essays examining nations of materiality within contemporary and social culture. She has organized projects at Souterrain gallery, Hoffmann Collection in Berlin, Germany (2012), Zatoka Sztuki Arts and Performance Center in Sopot, Poland (2012), as well as Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects gallery (2007) where she served as director from 2006-2009.

Upcoming publications:

THE ABSENT MUSEUM
an archive concept that began in the summer of 2015 as a publication dedicated to exhibition proposals in the fields of visual and performing art, social architecture and design. Free of institutional critique these unrealized, utopian exhibitions exist only on paper and have not otherwise occupied a three dimensional space. Ultimately, the continuing series will form an archive of absent exhibitions with no physical works circulating the art market. Forthcoming catalogue will appear in summer, 2016.

MATERIAL-I-TY
Material-i-ty, which in polish translates to Material-and-you, is an ongoing collection of essays aimed to evaluate psychological and cultural associations with material and recognize internal as well as external factors that occupy materiality within contemporary culture. With essays by Cara Benedetto, Farah Karapetian, Anthony Leslie and others.

 

 

 

Analogue

Past

  • PRINTED MATTER’s LA ART BOOK FAIR 2015

    January 30 - February 1, 2015, Preview: Thursday, January 29, 2015, 6–9 pm
    The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, Los Angeles -- 152 North Central Avenue Los Angeles, CA 90012

    Projekt Papier is pleased to present a suite of exciting prints, books and magazines from USA and Poland at the upcoming third annual Printed Matter LA Art Book Fair at MOCA.

    Featuring Polish art magazine "PIKTOGRAM", along with "Satisfaction" - a DVD publication of films on consumption art of 1970’s Poland, produced by Center for Contemporary Art - CSW Zamek Ujazdowski / Archfilm and Piktogram / Bureau of Loose Associations // Prints by GINNY COOK, FARRAH KARAPETIAN and KIM SCHOEN, and an art book project and limited edition of lithographs by SUSAN SILTON // Limited edition risographs by NICK AGUAYO, JAMES ANDERSON, JOSH CHO, AKINA COX, MAYA GURANTZ, MARA LONNER, LAURALEE POPE, BRIAN TAYLOR, ROBERT WECHSLER and ARIANE VIELMETTER // Monoprints by PETER HALASZ.

  • PROJEKT PAPIER I

    August, 2012
    Souterrain gallery, The Hoffmann Collection (Sammlung Hoffmann), Berlin

    Projekt Papier's inaugural exhibition featuring artists Cathy Akers, Scott Benzel, Sayre Gomez, Kim Schoen and with a special presentation by Aura Rosenberg.

    Souterrain is a gallery under the patronage of the prestigious Hoffmann Collection in Sophie-Gips-Höfe, Berlin (Mitte).

    Organized by Gosia Wojas.

  • PROJEKT PAPIER II: HAND MADE

    August, 2012
    MCKA Zatoka Sztuki Art and Performance Center, Sopot, Poland

    Artists:
    Cathy Akers, Kim Alexander, Jani Benjamins, Nathan Danilowicz, Mara De Luca, Rob Doran, Roya Falahi, Helen R. Garber, Anitra Haendel, Alice Konitz, Amy Myers, Joshua Nathanson, Frank Ryan, Maha Saab, Aili Schmeltz, Yana Tutunik.

    Organized by Gosia Wojas.

  • Projekt Papier

    Using paper object as a catalyst for a wide array of projects, Projekt Papier’s aim is to document art practices shaping today’s community through an ongoing print archive while maintaining an open discourse within artistic, art historical and curatorial practice. Since 2012, Projekt Papier has collaborated with artists, curators and creative thinkers across disciplines of visual art, film, writing and design to build a non-space for paper-based object exhibition and non-object concept experimentation.

     

    Upcoming publications:

    The Absent Museum, is an archive concept that began in the summer of 2015 as a publication dedicated to artistic practices and exhibition proposals in visual and performing art, social architecture and design. Free of institutional critique these utopian exhibitions exist only on paper and have not otherwise occupied a three dimensional space. Ultimately, the continuing series will form an archive of absent exhibitions with no physical works circulating the art market. Forthcoming catalogue will appear in summer, 2016.

    Material-i-ty, which in polish translates to Material-and-you, is an ongoing collection of essays aimed to evaluate psychological and cultural associations with material and recognize internal as well as external factors that occupy materiality within contemporary culture. Close consideration is given to qualities of materials and the distinct entities that govern them, such as the material and immaterial, natural and cultural forces, subject/object relationships and various processes that drive their production.

     

    2016 programming:

    Screening of video art by Polish women artists
    Panel discussion to follow.

    Correspondence art as a place, situation, opportunity and offer for information, proposition, documentation, speculation, provocation and exhibition
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    Contact

     

    Gosia Wojas
    Projekt Papier @ WCCW

    2425 Glover Place
    Los Angeles, CA 90031

    By Appointment Only.