Sunday, March 15, 2015

AINRFT at CCA Warsaw




























Screening of my AMERICA IS NOT READY FOR THIS (2012) documentary and the discussion with Dorota Monkiewicz, Adam Mazur, Karol Radziszewski, Wojciech Szymański

12 March 2015 / CCA Ujazdowski Castle in Warsaw

Natalia LL – hailed as a classic of Polish art - never ceases to inspire, or even irritate the public and her critics. The exhibition "Natalia LL. Secretum et Tremor" is an opportunity to discuss the homage Karol Radziszewski is paying the artist. The film "America is Not Ready for This" is well known in art circles and is perceived by some as a factual documentary, and by others, as an ironic comment on the work of this star, with whom Radziszewski is fascinated. The screening is accompanied by a meeting, during which the guests will attempt to determine what kind of diagnosis Radziszewski is presenting of the Western art world, what the film says about art during the Polish People’s Republic, and finally - whether artistic activity can substitute basic research.

The inspiration and starting point for the film was Natalia LL’s scholarship stay in New York City in the summer of 1977. 34 years later, Karol Radziszewski decides to embark on a journey to America to meet with the artists and gallery owners that the artist met in the 70s.

With only a couple of black and white photographs and names of people she met, jotted down while listening to Natalia’s stories, Radziszewski embarks on an artistic investigation. He speaks with artists - Marina Abramović, Vito Acconcim, AA Bronson, Carolee Schneemann, gallery owner Antonio Homem, critic Douglas Crimp, and Mario Montez, the star of Warhol’s films. The interviewees evoke the atmosphere of New York in the '70s, giving an idea of what Natalia LL had possibly confronted then. He also analyzes, what America was "ready" for then.

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