The New Sun
Presented in association with Lawson Gallery
Polish artist and filmmaker Agnieszka Polska uses film and computer-generated media to reflect on the individual and their social responsibility in the context of environments driven by the flow of information. Her animated video The New Sun features a character of the Sun, a child-faced star with a beautiful voice. In its half-sung, poetic monologue, the Sun talks to its lover, a human, and in an unsettling manner presents a gloomy vision of a collapsing world, where the only lasting and immutable elements are words and language. The Sun's speech is a juggle of styles and moods: it goes from the elevated and emotionally-charged confessions to goofy stand-up comedy and ends up with an interpretation of ‘I got love’, a song from the 1970 musical Purlie. The general ambiance of the film is dark, but the sung monologue leaves space for hope and marks the significance of words as tools of social responsibility.
Agnieszka Polska is a Polish visual artist and film director who uses computer-generated media to reflect on the individual and their social responsibility in the context of environments driven by the flow of information. She renders the ethical and societal challenges of our time into immersive, meditative films and installations. Her works, often constructed from affective sound and visual stimuli, examine processes of influence and legitimation in the fields of language, consciousness and history. Agnieszka has presented her works in international venues, including the New Museum and the MoMA in New York, Centre Pompidou and Palais de Tokyo in Paris, Tate Modern in London, Hirshhorn Museum in Washington, DC. Her solo exhibitions were organised by Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin, Museum of Modern Art Warsaw, Frye Art Museum, Seattle, Nottingham Contemporary, Saltzburger Kunstverein, among others. She also took part in the 57th Venice Biennale, 11th Gwangju Biennale, 19th Biennale of Sydney and 13th Istanbul Biennial. In 2018 she was awarded the German Preis der Nationalgalerie.
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Sat 10 Feb – Sat 9 Mar
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Mon – Fri 10am – 6pm