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The work of Polish artist Agnieszka Polska, winner of Germany's Preis der Nationalgalerie (National Gallery Prize), feels like a hallucination. Reflecting on issues such as natural and human disasters, it offers immersive experiences that stimulate individual and social critical consciousness in the age of post-truth.
In The Talking Car, her debut directing for the stage, Polska brings together a cast of Portuguese, Polish, and North-American performers. A small group tries to get out of a speeding car, while a large-scale digital puppet keeps them company, singing and following their struggle with affectionate curiosity. On their way to an uncertain fate, the characters try out different roles, genders and emotional states. An insistent score and hypnotic animations add to the melancholic of this immersive tale of a complex system of human and non-human agency.
14 SEP 2023
15 SEP 2023
In English with subtitles in Portuguese.
Biography Agnieszka Polska
Agnieszka Polska was the 2017 winner of the National Gallery Prize in Berlin, Germany's most prestigious art prize, and represented Poland at the 57th Venice Biennale, curated by Christine Macel. The artist has held solo exhibitions at the Contemporary Art Centre Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw, Nottingham Contemporary, Nottingham, Salzburger Kunstverein, Salzburg and Summerhall, Edinburgh, among others.
Her dreamlike, immersive and visually powerful films explore questions of time and memory, drawing out and examining the intricate relationships between various processes of influence, legitimation or exclusion in the fields of language, science and history. These have been exhibited at Tate Modern, MoMA, New Museum, Hamburger Banhof, 19th Biennale of Sydney, Berliner Festpiele, International Documentary Film Festival, Copenhagen, Institute of Contemporary Arts / Lux Biennial of Moving Image, London, Athens Biennale, BoCA, among others.
Commission and Production of BoCA - Biennial of Contemporary Arts
Text and direction
Translation to Portuguese
Albano Jerónimo, Iris Cayatte, Vera Mantero, Bartosz Bielenia, Aaron Ronelle
Video and sound
Digital puppet animation
Stage videos animation
Head of production
Hugo Alves Caroça
Commission and production
deSingel, Kampnagel, Nowy Teatr
Culturgest, Teatro das Figuras