This single screen film is based on The Weavers, a five-act play by the German Nobel Prize winning playwright and novelist, Gerhart Johann Hauptmann. Written in 1892, the drama deals with the 1844 rebellion of Silesian weavers against the poverty of their lives and harsh working conditions they suffered in textile factories. Molska’s re-make takes place in the contemporary Polish mining region of Silesia, another industry threatened with unemployment and technological change. The non-professional actors recruited from the coal mine gather on a slagheap and narrate Hauptmann’s text, binding their fate with that of their nineteenth century predecessors. Despite the use of the original text, choir and author’s staging, the scene is devoid of the political revolt itself, reflecting the workers apathy following the mine closure.
Anna Molska was born in 1983 in Prudnik, Poland and now lives and works in Warsaw. She studied at the Warsaw Academy of Fine Arts and the Wadja Film School in Warsaw. Utilizing cinema, performance and photography she highlights the place and experience of the individual within larger social systems and networks of power. Recent exhibitions include: The Power Plant, Toronto, 2011; Foksal Gallery Foundation, Warsaw, 2009 and 2011; Kunstverein Freiburg, Germany, 2009; Broadway 1602, New York, 2009 and 2012; and the 5th Berlin Biennale, 2008, amongst others.
Curated by AV Festival. UK Premiere.
Launch: Fri 28 February 2014, 6–9pm
Sat 1 – Mon 31 March 2014
Newcastle NE1 1SE
Tue – Sat 10am–5pm, Sun 2–5pm, closed Mon Closed Wed 5 March, Fri 14 March, Sat 15 March