In 2014 “Now&After” festival is being held at the State Museum of GULAG – a place that has accumulated the memories of Stalin’s punitive system. In the area of our special interest there is a traumatic memory: reliving and rethinking of the historical traumas, especially those related to the history of GULAG.
On being an Angel, UK, 2014, 6 min. 8mm, Black and white.
Performance: Alexandra Unger
Music composed and performed by Richard Crow
Art direction: Aeon Rose
Photography, edit, idea and directed by Monika K. Adler
Produced by Monika K. Adler Estate 2014
January 19, 1981, Francesca Woodman committed suicide by jumping out a loft window in New York. She invites us to see her suicide, like she used to invite us to see her art. Poised between two worlds she presents an image of the liberated psyche in flight.
All rights reserved to Monika K. Adler Estate 2014
Having already amassed an impressive array of images, both moving and still, Adler is currently attempting to mount her first feature film, pursuing the opportunity to further develop and amplify her explorations of trauma, history, gender, dread and mystery. Her challenge will be to maintain the ambiguity and suggestiveness, the provocation and originality, the complexity and rigor combined with the frankly erotic aura surrounding the aesthetic of her short films and photography into the realm of narrative features with its demands for exposition and comprehensibility. The success of this venture could signal the arrival of a major new talent in the world of International cinema.
The Ambivalent Body: On The Short Films of Monika K. Adler | Robert Smart
A study of the work of Polish artist/filmmaker Monika K. Adler by American writer and film critic Robert Smart. “Historical violence haunts the short films of Monika K. Adler. The bodies of her female protagonists are carriers of traumatic memory. Even apparently consensual encounters carry this residue of past horrors.” Publication design and production by Trinity ∴ London & Oslo. www.aligntrinity.com www.facebook.com/AlignTrinity
19 NOV 2013 | Monika K. Adler’s video work “Misery of my Soul”
showing in Human Emotion Project “Love & Hate” at Artreview
1 Honduras Street London EC1Y0TH 7-9.20 pm
Human Emotion Project aims to capture and interpret an array of HUMAN emotions through sound, video and film in an international collaboration of artists. We have screened to date in many countries and will continue to traverse the art world as long as people support us and provide venues for the screening of these works. Human Emotion Project has always been about sharing, about reaching out and the power of collaboration. Crossing borders by means of art. HEP has relied mostly on technology to traverse the globe and bring talented artists together. HEP finds venues by mutual participation and reciprocal favor. Without any costs to the artists involved, no submission fees and no financial gain whatsoever by HEP or any of the curators that run HEP shows. HEP screens cross culturally; we have artists from different religions, viewpoints, political standings; all working side by side in harmony and we present their different opinions and ways of expressing art to you by use of the moving image.
HEP is about showing and projecting human emotion as expressed individually and interpreted by each artist accepted into the group. How does one hang on to “love” ? How does one get close to emotional truth, in a world full of rigid control where even the expression of an emotion is often frowned upon. Humans are taught emotional control from a young age – “control your feelings”, “control yourself” and to not show what they feel in public because it could be construed of as a sign of weakness. As an artist I lay myself bare and many of the artists in HEP have done the same. Human emotion is the one thing that everyone can relate to and the collection of Human Emotion Project works over time make for a very interesting artistic statement about the human race.
"Love and Hate" was the concept to try to adhere to for the London screening to be hosted by Artreview. We feel that the planet needs a good dose of rejuvenating energy. The antithesis of love and peace would be hatred and war and the planet has seen much of this in recent times; well ongoing and that is a sad fact. We will include works that show human nature at its most severe and also works that elevate mankind embracing his better nature. What man is capable of, his appetite for destruction and his inhumanity to his fellow man never ceases to astound us. It is time for a new planet, a new wave of enthusiasm, a refreshed revised thinking. The use of art to make people aware, a mirror of contemporary society at large is what we are primarily concerned with. HEP project screens many different artists and filmmakers side by side without prejudice, so works that denounce a particular religion or group or country are never considered suitable.
We hope that those that attend the show will enjoy some of the interpretations of human emotion by the selection of represented artists.
(Alison Williams - HEP Founder, Director & Curator RSA)
A film by Monika K. Adler The Beauty of the Shadow: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3045392/?ref_=nm_flmg_dr_1
showing in The Nihilist International Film Festival.
The 2013 Nihilist Film Festival will be held at the Highways Performance Space:
on Friday, December 13 at 8:30.
The Highways Performance Space is located at 1651 Eighteenth Street in Santa Monica, California, USA.
"For the forteenth year, the Nihilist Cultural Foundation presented the Nihilist International Film Festival. This year’s evening of films will be presented at the Highways Performance Space.
Festival Director Elisha Shapiro commented, “Forteen years of hilariously offensive short films…I really thought we would have caused the rapture by now. Guess there’s no downside to mocking all that’s holy.”
As a special feature, all those who bring their own televisions and arrive fifteen minutes early will be able to include their appliances in the traditional ritual Blessing of the Televisions featuring the high priestess of performance art, Anna Homler.”
Portrait of DOUGLAS PARK, 2013 by Monika K. Adler on the artist’s recent Audio Album ‘Greatest Hits’
Portrait of DOUGLAS PARK, 2013 by Monika K. Adler on the artist’s recent Audio Album ‘Greatest Hits’, produced in collaboration with Rut Blees Luxemburg & Keef Winter/ BRUNO GLINT Gallery/ Allotrope Press
London Launch Event Coming Soon…
MONIKA K. ADLER
SELECTED WORKS 2003 – 2013
London-based Polish artist / filmmaker Monika K. Adler’s recently published monograph ‘Selected Works 2003 – 2013′ can now also be viewed online.
Catalogue designed and produced by Trinity ∴ London & Oslo
“Born in Poland in 1982, Monika K. Adler grew up in an Eastern Europe suffused with memories as well as more tangible reminders of large-scale assaults on human bodies, particularly female bodies, motivated by ideology and ethnic hatred. From the Nazis, to the Soviet invaders (who victimised her grandmother’s cousin) to the rape wars of nearby Serbia, the history of the degradation of the body haunts the imagination of this brilliant young photographer and filmmaker.
Yet her works are not exercises in feminist or political filmmaking, such polemics are too obvious and reductive, failing to capture the deeper reality that she seeks to evoke: a reality that eludes easy definitions and explanations and that perhaps derives from – or more likely informs – the unconscious mind of human beings”
From ‘ The Ambivalent Body: On The Short Films Of Monika K. Adler ’ 2013
by American Critic & Novelist Robert Smart