Ulrike Ottinger “Southeast Passage”, Part 1 “Wrocław-Varna”

The first episode of a three-part film journey the artist made from Berlin through Eastern Europe, on two expeditions: to Odessa and to Istanbul. As she words it, the artist depicted: “Places and worlds beyond the interest of the media are at the mercy of the law of forgetting.” Paying attention to both material and emotional details, with great respect for all, she has created a moving image of poverty, hopelessness and anxiety in the aftermath of the so-called political and cultural “transformation.” Ottinger looks at the invisible and the unnoticed, the historical experience which is either denied or repressed, and the protagonists whose grand narratives have been hitherto overlooked. The film draws on an immense array of literary and philosophical material, it is a kind of ethnographic expedition that calls attention to the medium of film and the politics of looking.

About artist:

ULRIKE OTTINGER (1942) – is a German filmmaker, documentary photographer, and professor at the European Graduate School in Saas-Fee, Switzerland. She has made numerous films, including the female pirate film Madame X (1977), which sparked considerable controversy, the Berlin trilogy with Freak Orlando (1981), Johanna D’Arc of Mongolia (1989), and Taiga (1992), and many others. She has also made many photography projects. Her works have been shown internationally in renowned venues. http://www.ulrikeottinger.com/

About host:

JOANNA SOKOŁOWSKA is a curator at the Art Museum in Łódź. Her work has focused on the intersections and frictions between art, economy, and politics against the backdrop of the current transformations in labor conditions. She has also been interested in the formation of aesthetic communities and the role of art in producing non-utilitarian prototypes for social relations. Her curatorial projects include: Workers Leaving the Workplace, Art Museum in Łódź; Accretions, Galerija Škuc, Ljubljana; Another City, Another Life, Zachęta, Warsaw.



upcoming events

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