This is a film recording of the process of creating Małgorzata Mirga-Tas’s monumental work Re-enchanting the World for the Polish Pavilion at the Biennale Arte 2022 in Venice. The artist decided to let a camera into her studio to talk about the Roma culture and the close relationships between the women she works with. Recorded conversations conducted while embroidering complement the finished work. Like the works of Mirga-Tas, the film has a patchwork form – by mixing together intimate and private scenes, it tells the rich history of the Roma community, which has been marginalized for years. The documentary also celebrates an important moment when, for the first time in the 120-year history of the Venice Biennale, the most prestigious event in the art world, the Roma artist is presenting her works in the national pavilion.
Film produced by Kijora Film and Zachęta — National Gallery of Art.
The project is co-financed by the Minister of Culture and National Heritage within the framework of the Inspiring Culture Programme.
Film partners: European Roma Institute for Arts and Culture (ERIAC), Polish Institute in Rome, Adam Mickiewicz Institute.
Film duration 29 min.
Małgorzata Mirga-Tas is a Polish-Roma artist and activist. In her works, sculptures, paintings, spatial objects and large-format textiles, she addresses anti-Romani stereotypes and engages in building an affirmative iconography of Roma communities. She graduated from the Faculty of Sculpture at the Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow (2004). She participated in several dozen individual and group exhibitions, including the 11th Berlin Biennale (2020), the Art Encounters Biennial in Timişoara (2019, 2021), 3rd Autostrada Biennale in Prizren (2021), while her works were displayed at the Moravian Gallery in Brno (2017), the Center of Polish Sculpture in Orońsko (2020), Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw (2020), or Rautenstrauch-Joest-Museum in Cologne (2021), among others. She lives and works in Czarna Góra, Poland.
Anna Zakrzewska, director, graduated from the College of Interdisciplinary Individual Studies in Humanities and Social Sciences and in art history from Warsaw University. Her films have been shown at festivals and in galleries of contemporary art in Poland and abroad. She is the co-author of a documentary about Alina Szapocznikow Every Touch Leaves a Trace and more than a dozen films and documentaries about the most important Polish artists. In 2011, together with Joanna Turowicz, she made a documentary about the legendary artistic duo KwieKulik, which was awarded at the Kraków Film Festival. The film Flight about the performer and sculptor Roman Stańczak, co-directed with Łukasz Ronduda, received a distinction at the Millennium Docs Against Gravity Festival.