September 9 – October 30, 2011
NATIONAL GALLERY OF CANADA AT THE MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY CANADIAN ART
Artur Zmijewski’s provocative videos create a “philosophical laboratory” in which a loose set of social parameters devised by the artist unfolds according to participant engagement. In Them , Zmijewski invites individuals from four distinct factions within Poland – elderly Catholic women, left-wing social activists, members of the All-Polish Youth and a Jewish youth group – to take part in a “game” that begins with each creating its own national flag. The edited video recounts moments over the next few days, as members critique and interrogate their competing ideologies and visions for their country’s fledgling democracy.
Organized by MOCCA and the National Gallery of Canada