ZUZANNA JANIN at Federico Bianchi Contemporary, Milano, opening 3 May 2010


Obviously Cases of Madness Do Happen In Asylums This Isolated

opening 3th May 2010 6.30 p.m.

3th May 2010 – 27th June 2010

The main artwork in Zuzanna Janin’s second solo-show at Federico Bianchi gallery is the video “Majka From the Movie”, awarded in 2009 by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of the Republic of Poland.

This work, composed by five episodes, is a project of found-footage where the scenes it is made by come from the cult polish tv-series of the 70s ”Szalenstwo Majki Skowron” (“Madness of Majka Skowron”). The main character – heroine of the series, played by the artist at 14, lives a new existence travelling in time and space through cult movies from 1968 to this day. Zuzanna Janin makes her meet and confront with main characters of movies like “Pulp Fiction”, “Alien”, “Apocalypse Now” and films by directors like Michelangelo Antonioni, Quentin Tarantino, Roman Polanski e Andrej Tarkowski.

In addition to those from the tv-series, some scenes were purpose-made for this project in Tokio, Miami, London and Warsaw, and in these fragments Majka is played by Mel, Janin’s young daughter.

The site-specific installation is inspired by the novel “Solaris” by Stanislaw Lem. The artist creates a fantastic setting where the work “Dreaming of Speed and Adventures”, composed by car models, interacts with sculptures made of bricks, pebbles, socks and other common materials in an imaginary spaceship setting.

Zuzanna Janin continues her reflection about the search for identity and the loss of heroes in postmodern culture, based on quotation and repetition. Choosing Majka as main character of her video project, Zuzanna Janin explores adolescence, when individual cultural and social identity continuously changes. What characterizes the artist more is the constant use of indefinite spaces where meanings collide or overlap: the borders of visible and perceivable are bound and made unstable, while those ephemeral and indefinite are balanced.

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