Filmoteka Muzeum

The video documents a performance during which the artist reads out Witold Gombrowicz’s novel Trans-Atlantic while sipping vodka. “Zyliński repeats Gombrowicz’s ironic gesture ridiculing tradition which restrains individual choices, socially imposed norms of behaviour, and a specific understanding of Polishness. Inebriated, he sheds the ‘form’, eludes normative patterns of behaviour, loses control of speech, turns sophisticated literature into gibberish”.

As in his previous works, the artist concentrates here on Polish identity, its sources and factors that influenced its shaping. Referring to Gombrowicz’s Trans-Atlantic, Żyliński follows the tendency of severe criticism of universally accepted visions of Polishness.

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Year: 2008
Duration: 81'01"
Language: Polish
Source: BETA SP

© Piotr Żyliński

Acquisition date: Apr 11, 2012
Acquisition: deposit
Ownership form: deposit