Being Then, Being Here: Chantal Akerman and Her Work on Memory

The presentation on Chantal Akerman (1950-2015), a Belgian feminist film director, artist and writer best-known for her film Jeanne Dielman, 23 quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles (1975), will mainly concentrate on three of her works: From the East (1993), Down There (2006), and No Home Movie (2015), as well as her Autoportrait en cineaste (2004), an autobiographical photo-narrative. In the most avant-garde artistic way and with a philosophy of her own, Akerman addresses issues of time, memory, trauma, and (female) identity in relation to place, space, and other people: loved ones and strangers. The daughter of a Holocaust survivor, feminist and visual artist Akerman has been called “one of the boldest cinematic visionaries of the past quarter century.” She has directed numerous films, inspired by structural cinema and New York avant-garde artists like Jonas Mekas, Michael Snow, and Yvonne Rainer. She has consistently documented and staged the lives of women, their stories, love stories, and struggles with their gender.

About host:

KATARZYNA BOJARSKA(1981) – is a writer, critic, and translator. She is assistant professor at the Polish Academy of Sciences Institute of Literary Research. She has made numerous articles and translations exploring the relations between art, literature, history, and psychoanalysis. She is a co-founder and editor of the View. Theories and Practices of Visual Culture journal (, and curator of the Trauma and Revival series.


upcoming events

31 October, 6 pm

Ulrike Ottinger Southeast Passage, Part 1 Wrocław-Varna (128 min.)

Commentary: Joanna Sokołowska (30 min.)


14 November, 6 pm

Reclaiming the Past, Reimagining Oneself: The Work of Deimantas Narkevicius.

The artist in conversation with Justė Jonutytė (100 min.)


28 November, 6 pm

Daring to Act: Art-working on Past and Present

Yael Bartana, JRMiP, 2012 (100 min.)

Conversation: Roma Sendyka / Sebastian Cichocki

12 December, 6 pm

Douglas Gordon, I had nowhere to go (100 min.)

Conversation / Commentary Krzysztof Pijarski (40 min.)




Project organizer: Palais des Beaux-Arts (BOZAR)

Partners: Bunkier Sztuki Gallery of Contemporary Art (Krakow), Kunst und Medientechnologie (Karlsruhe), Cittadellarte-Fondazione Pistoletto (Biella), University of Jyväskylä, kim? Contemporary Art Centre (Riga)

Associated Partners: Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts (Moscow), Tretyakov State Gallery (Moscow), ROSIZO Gallery (Moscow), Austrian Cultural Forum / Embassy of Austria in Moscow

Cooperation: View. Foundation of Visual Culture

The project is co-funded from the “Creative Europe” Programme of the European Union