Szerszeń Tomasz
Histories of the Cinema and Other Stories
30th may 2015
to 30th june 2015

 I think that in cinema there can only be love stories. (…) There are no films without love.


Making films combines three kinds of operations: thinking, photographing and editing. (…) In fact, I make films not only when I’m shooting. I make films when I sleep, when I eat breakfast, when I read, or when I’m talking to you.

Jean-Luc Godard


Is cinema able to work as a model for formulating emotions? Where does our private history of cinema end and the “life after life” of film images begin? And is it not so that film images, freed from their context, immobilised in the form of a picture, photograph, or film still become something that (following Jerzy Lewczyński) we could defined as “photography of dreams”?

In his monumental film essay titled Histories of Cinema [Histoire(s) du cinéma, 1988-98], Jean-Luc Godard argues that cinema produces images that live their own life and are autonomous from the film narratives of which they are a part. Thus, they open up to “other stories”, to the potential “life after life” that interacts with other films, images, and their after-images… In my Histories of the Cinema and Other Stories, appropriation and use of some of Godard’s images will work as a starting point for further development of the history of the cinema / cinematic histories. The intertwining stories address both the question of history (stills from films by the Polish School “infected” by Strzemiński’s work), as well as, most of all, the private, even intimate use of film images and photographs. The problems of memory and non-memory, fetishism (a particular kind of love for the cinema), and one’s own history are combined here in a kind of personal, ephemeral photo-theatre, where film characters play the main roles. It is also an attempt to take a closer look at the paradoxical relation between cinema and photography, where the former is a “moving image”, while the latter – “immobilised cinema”. This motif appears, among others, in a series of urban photographs, which for a short moment become here elements (remains?) of a never-made film. Finally, the exhibition is opened and made complete with a series of photo-texts referring to the famous I Remember (1975) by an American artist and writer Joe Brainard – his memories of America of the 50s and 60s filled with references to the cinema of the time. I Don’t Remember… is also an hommage to the patron of Asymetria Gallery, Jerzy Lewczyński, the author of a series titled Written Photographs, which addresses the problem of the relation between photography and text, word and image.

I don’t remember any true and only history of the cinema. Instead, I remember many different histories of the cinema and stories about these histories (and other stories as well)…


Tomasz Szerszeń

23.05.2015 11:27:27

Tomasz Szerszeń:  (born 1981) – visual artist and art historian.

A graduate of the Photography Department of National Film, Television and Theatre School in Łódź and Inter-faculty Individual Studies in the Humanities at the University of Warsaw, adjunct in Institute of Art of Polish Academy of Sciences. He is an author of a book Podróżnicy bez mapy i paszportu (2015) and co-editor ofNeorealism in Polish Photography 1950-1970 (2015), member of an editorial board of „View. Theories and Practices of Visual Culture” and „Konteksty” quarterly.

He had an individual exhibitions in Fundacja Archeologia Fotografii in Warsaw, Galeria Asymetria in Warsaw, Galeria Wymiany in Łódź, Indie Photography Gallery in Tel Aviv. He was taking part in a collective exhibitions in, among others, Muzeum Sztuki in Łódź, Nowy Teatr in Warsaw, Ludwig Museum in Budapest, Mickiewicz Museum in Istanbul, Galerie Anne de Villepoix in Paris, Galeria Asymetria in Warsaw. His works were shown on Paris Photo 2012, 2013, 2014. 

01.09.2016 11:26:14

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