Agnieszka Polska

BORN 1985, Lublin

Born in 1985 in Lublin. Agnieszka Polska graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Kraków, having studied at the Art Department of UMCS Lublin, and Universität der Künste in Berlin as well. Through her films, animations and collages, she is examining the relationships between science, language and history, and calling into question the significance of art in social life. Polska works with found-footage (either authentic or fake), subjected to subtle, but significant manipulation. Her works provide statements on both universal philosophical questions, and the most current affairs. The slow pace and the poetic narrative of her films create a hypnotizing, often uncanny sensation. In 2017 her work The New Sun was awarded the prestigious Preis der Nationalgalerie. She has also received the Polish Film Institute / Museum of Modern Art Film Prize, which helped her produce her full-length feature film Hurrah. We’re still alive!

Agnieszka Polska

The New Sun

2017 / video HD / 12'19" / no. 0174 Creative CommonsCreative CommonsCreative Commons Licence    Wróć

In the artist’s words, „New Sun is a half-sung, poetic monologue of an anthropomorphic sun, addressing its lover.” In the 12-minute long film, an animated sun touches upon essential philosophical and socio-political problems, but also sings love songs and tells bad jokes. The sun speaks from a god-like, omniscient perspective, but it has the face and the voice of a child – the monologue is a mix of catastrophism and hope, wisdom and naivety. Working on the text, the artist took inspiration from quantum mechanics and the poetry of sufi mystic Rumi. „In my works from the last couple of years I have drifted away from facts, in the direction of fiction and science-fiction, but, above all, I focused on working with audio and visual stimuli that have a specific impact on a viewer. The purpose of these works is to lead the viewer into the state of a so-called immersion of senses.” – explains Polska. The sun maintains a hypnotizing eye contact with the viewer for the whole time, making it almost impossible to look away.

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