Saturday, April 23, 2011

Fag Fighters in Oberhausen





































"Fag Fighters: Prologue" will be screened at the 57th International Short Film Festival Oberhausen. My video was featured in Just Say No to Family Values DVD compilation released by Index and it will presented by ImageMovement.


Sreening:
Internationale Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen, Sun, 8 May 2011, Sunset Cinema, 14.30 h


"Short film is a great first step for a budding filmmaker. That's how I made my beginnings and Oberhausen was an important step on my path to become a Director." Roman Polanski


























































Fag Fighters: Prologue, Karol Radziszewski, 2007, 14'

Fag Fighters are a fictional urban guerrilla unit, a gay-gang operating at the margins of mainstream society, marking their territory with graffiti signatures and committing acts of violence, including sexual violence. The Fag Fighters’ identification mark are their pink balaclavas. From the video 'Fag Fighters: Prologue' we learn that the balaclavas have been made by Karol Radziszewski’s grandmother. Poland’s right wing perceives the gay community as a deadly threat for social order. Radziszewski intercepts and amplifies the stereotype-based conservative discourse and transforms it into an asocial, anarchic, subversive fantasy. He also fabricates evidence of the unit’s activity – graffiti, footprints, amateur pictures taken by the gang members. The border between drama and simulation is blurred; fiction appears disturbingly realistic.
The video 'Fag Fighters: Prologue' can be seen as a bridge spanning the two realities that Radziszewski introduces into the field of his art: the family and the gay subculture. Both of these social spaces belong to the realm of the artist’s private life and yet they seem to be worlds apart; they are two opposite poles of Radziszewski’s identity. And yet the extremities unexpectedly meet in 'Fag Fighters: Prologue'.

(text by Stach Szablowski)

Monday, April 4, 2011

JUST SAY NO TO FAMILY VALUES
















































The latest DVD from Austrian INDEX includes my "Fag Fighters: Prologue" video.

The title of the compilation JUST SAY NO TO FAMILY VALUES is borrowed from the eponymous video, and is in line with the work as statement and clear commentary on the current increasingly recognizable conservative backlash. In their short video, filmmakers John Giorno and Antonello Faretta unabashedly celebrate hedonism with an emphatic gentleness and poke fun at conservative positions in a lyrical speech act. The aim of the compilation is to cast a multi-part glance from various perspectives and geo-political contexts on body and gender roles as well as sexual politics. (Dietmar Schw√§rzler)

To purchase the DVD please visit the INDEX website


ps – right, John Giorno is the guy who is sleeping in the Warhol's first movie SLEEP ;)

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Interview with Szymon Malecki




























DIK Fagazine presents another conversation from "young, able, original" series. Meet Szymon – aged 27, photographer and musician, plays in Rotofobia band, recently working on his solo project (impersonal detachment). With DIK Fagazine he shares portraits of his brother Marcin, taken on their trip to Argentina.

Here you can find my interview with Szymon: www.dikfagazine.blogspot.com

Friday, April 1, 2011

Vovka the thief





























Is this the new era of publishing practices? Recently I found out that some guys from Russian "Vovka" magazine stole pics from my blog, stole and translated the interview with me from one of Polish newspapers and than published everything  in their mag without even contacting me. This is really wired.