Agnieszka Polska

b. 1985, Lublin

Creator of films, animations and photographs. A graduate of the Academy of Fine Arts in Kraków, she also studied at the Faculty of Arts of Maria Curie-Skłodowska University in Lublin and Universität der Künste in Berlin. She uses archival or fabricated visual materials in her work, subtly manipulating them and transforming them into commentaries on universal philosophical issues and current affairs. Beginning with facts, she then expanded her medium to include fiction and science fiction. Her trademark slow plot tempo and poetic narratives produce a hypnotising, slightly disturbing effect. She received the Film Award of the Polish Film Institute and the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw, allowing her to shoot the feature film Hurray! We’re Still Alive! She is a laureate of the Preis der Nationalgalerie and the Grand Prix of the 10th Eugeniusz Geppert Competition. She lives and works in Berlin.

The New Sun

2017, video HD, 12'19"

The New Sun is a partly chanted poetic monologue by an anthropomorphic sun addressing a lover,” is how Agnieszka Polska describes her work. In this animated film, the sun explores grave philosophical and socio-political problems, sings love songs, and tells bad jokes. While pontificating from a divine and omniscient position, the sun has the face and voice of a child; in the monologue, catastrophism interweaves with hope, wisdom with naiveté. In the text of the monologue itself, the artist was inspired, among other things, by the theory of quantum physics and poetry by Rumi, a mystic of the Sufi Order. The sun’s huge hypnotising eyes remain in incessant eye contact with the viewer; it seems impossible to look away.


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