You may have gotten to see a bit of his work at our screening after the Flaherty Seminar this summer… but you can see a lot more this coming Monday night at AFA. Check out the details below:
Monday, October 12, 7:30 pm
For the October installment of the Flaherty NYC monthly screening series, The Flaherty will present a program of shorts by 2009 Flaherty Seminar featured artist Pawel Wojtasik, who will be participating in a discussion after the film.
Video artist and filmmaker Pawel Wojtasik was born in Lodz, Poland and lived in Tunisia before immigrating to the United States in 1972. He currently resides in New York City. He explores the endpoints of our material existence, taking us behind the scenes of what happens after something is thrown away. Benjamin Genocchio of The New York Times says Wojtasik is “immensely talented,” while Sarah Kessler of PS1 describes his work as “unexpectedly beautiful and horrific.” His exhibition Like a Shipwreck We Die Going Into Ourselves was selected by Village Voice critic Robert Shuster as one of the outstanding exhibitions of Fall 2008.
Films and videos to be screened include:
· Pigs (2007, DV Cam, 12min, USA)
A close-range look at pigs living on a farm in Las Vegas, Nevada. The pigs become a metaphor for humanity as they go from leisurely wallowing in the mud to the wildness of a feeding frenzy.
· The Aquarium (2006, HD Cam, 22min, USA)
Filmed in Alaska, The Aquarium contrasts the openness of the primeval Arctic landscape with the entrapment of captured sea mammals in aquariums (pictured above).
· Nascentes Morimur (2009, HD Cam, 27min, USA)
Nascentes Morimur consists of the abstractly beautiful footage of an actual autopsy, referencing investigations into the interior of the body undertaken since the Renaissance.
· Below Sea Level (1986, 16mm, 22min, Mexico)
The work is an evocation of the spirit of the city of New Orleans and its surrounding wetlands. The film is not specifically about Hurrican Katrina – rather it contemplates an acute sense of impermanence inherent in the location.
General admission tickets to the Flaherty NYC series at the Anthology Film Archives are $9. Tickets are $7 for students with valid I.D., and $6 for Anthology members with membership card.
Tickets can be purchased at the Anthology box office the day of the show. For more information, call the Flaherty at 212-448-0457.
Anthology Film Archives is located in the old Second Avenue Courthouse building in the East Village at 32 Second Ave. at the corner of 2nd Street.
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