Ask the Siren
Agnieszka Polska / Poland / 2017 / 8 min
The film is shown as part of the block "Art: Set of video works 1"
Director: Agnieszka Polska
Screenplay: Agnieszka Polska
Animation: Agnieszka Polska
Cinematography: Mikołaj Syguda
Editing: Agnieszka Polska
Sound: Agnieszka Polska, Igor Kłaczyński
Production: Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw
World sales: Agnieszka Polska
"Ask the Siren" is a short film presenting the historical and cultural connotations of the figure of a mermaid in the context of the Eastern European history. In a poetic fashion, the film attempts to describe the siren as a symbol representing Polish identity crisis, rooted in the annihilation of the pagan history during the Christian colonization of the region in the 10th century. The filmic character presents itself as a being not able to be classified in any social or biological category.
Agnieszka Polska is a visual artist who uses computer-generated media to reflect on an individual and their social responsibility. She's attempting to render the ethical ambiguity of our time into hallucinatory films and installations. Polska has presented her works in international venues, including the New Museum and the MoMA in New York, Centre Pompidou and Palais de Tokyo in Paris, Tate Modern in London, Hirshhorn Museum in Washington, DC, Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin. She also took part in the 57th Venice Biennale, 11th Gwangju Biennale, 19th Biennale of Sydney and 13th Istanbul Biennial. In 2018 she was awarded German Preis der Nationalgalerie.