e-flux and International Short Film Festival Oberhausen present
Józef Robakowski, Z mojego okna (From My Window) | From My Window / From Your Window: Film #1
Friday, May 1, 2020

Józef Robakowski, Z mojego okna (From My Window), 1978–1999.

In 1978, Robakowski moved into a new flat in a newly-built high rise in the center of Łódź. That’s when he began filming the people and events he could see from his kitchen window. The film was made on the basis of a dozen or more hours of footage shot during 1978–1999. The artist filmed the front yard of his block of flats in a part of Łódź called “Manhattan”—a cluster of tall, cement housing buildings vaguely resembling New York’s skyscrapers. The images are accompanied by the artist’s commentary, which brings the viewer closer to his neighbors and family, including his then-wife, Małgorzata Potocka. The film comments on the gradual yet profound political and social transformations that took place in Poland over these two decades.

Józef Robakowski (Poland, 1939) is an experimental filmmaker and photographer. He made his first experimental film in 1962. After 1974, Robakowski also embraced a new medium: video art. Since 1978, Robakowski has run Galeria Wymiany (Exchange Gallery), a private gallery of recent art featuring leaflets, films, videos, objects, photographs, books, posters, documentations, and all kinds of publications, both the artist's own and donated by other artists.

This film is part of From My Window / From Your Window, a joint series of films, conversations, and letters organized by e-flux and the International Short Film Festival Oberhausen.

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