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THEM, 2007
Single channel video, projection or monitor, 26.30 min., color, sound
Polish with English/German subtitles
Ed. of 3 (+ 1 AP + 1 EP)

"Them" documents a social experiment devised by Zmijewski in which representatives from conflicting social groups (conservatives, patriotic Catholics, nationalist Polish youth, leftist socialists, democrats and freedom fighters) are brought together through a series of workshops. Each group is asked to construct a symbolic centre and then to comment and react to the others. This forces participants to interact: to negotiate, to fight, or to withdraw.
In "Them" Artur Zmijewski refers to experiences from his time as a student of Professor Grzegorz Kowalski’s famous Kowalnia studio where he participated in an exercise called The exercise taught dialogue and collective task solving using the language of visual symbols. Artur Zmijewski transforms this formula into an instrument where visual language illuminates social diversity and reveals pathological tendencies.

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