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Z mojego okna (From My Window)

Józef Robakowski

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

Festival Forum: International Short Film Festival Oberhausen 2020 Z mojego okna (From My Window)
Józef Robakowski
1978–99

19 Minutes
Poland

Festival Forum

Date
Friday, May 1, 2020

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.

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.

Category
Urbanism, Film
Subject
Housing & Real Estate, Infrastructure, Family
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Filmmaker

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.

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