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Artur Żmijewski | Democracies 2009 | Twenty channel video, each around 15 mins, stereo, colour, with English subtitles | Image courtesy: the artist, Galerie Peter Kilchmann, Zurich and Foksal Gallery Foundation, Warsaw

Artur Zmijewski ‘Democracies’ 2009

In Democracies 2009 Artur Żmijewski departs from his work using recruited volunteers. In a series of short documentary films, he looks into the different symbols of nationalist and other movements visible in a variety of public spaces. All the clips depict public (and political) fervour in different places around Europe, Israel and the Westbank, like demonstrations, parades or re-enactments of historical battles. They include for example material from the European Football Championships in Berlin and Jörg Haider’s funeral in Klagenfurt. As in all of his work, also in these images of ordered and disordered crowds, Zmijewski places the human body at the focal point of his observations.

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