Heppen Transfer presents
LAKSA / KMITA / KOWALSKI
Growing number of cameras in Warsaw forces to answer questions about the meaning and relevance of activities related to the observations of residents. Cameras placed in busy areas of the city, under the control of the camera operators and police officers record the crude banality of everyday life. Anything could be suspicious: an empty square, a car, a flower pot. Watching the materials from the police archives, it seems that some eccentric director builds the tension at the breaking point of the viewer.
Inertia seems to be closer to everyday experience much more than television news or feature films. Empty street becomes an arena for moments - "incidents." Deprived of speech and journalistic criminal background artists present the helplessness. A man with bloody hands walking slowly down the sidewalk can be associated with the Shakespearean drama Macbeth, but a body lying in the middle of the street can be seen just as a bag of potatoes. This fragile body in a clash with civilization is the theme for artists who have decided to address the analysis and presentation of images of the city without resorting to the monitoring camera.
Kobas Laksa - director and writer of short films (drama, documentary, video, animation). Awarded Grand Prix at the festival OFF Cinema Poznan 2001. For past six years Laksa is focusing on manipulated documentary photography. Winner of the Golden Lion at Architecture Biennale in Venice in 2008 with a series of photomontages “The afterlife of buildings”. He defines his style as "contemporary dark."