Watching movies has always played in my life a role more important than just escapism — growing up in a small town in stifling Catholic and toxic heteronormative Poland, I found a source of knowledge, political ambivalence, and pleasure in watching films. I worked with this affective package in my "PhD in Practice" project on queering/remixing Polish films (Academy of Fine Arts Vienna), and it also became the starting point for “copia de la copia (de la copia).” The film contains quotes from more than 20 films made in Poland in 1952–1989, along with samples from film soundtracks, music tracks, and elsewhere (vintage gay porn movies, music and home video films, social media clips). Completed in Vienna during a covid-19 semi-lockdown, the film conjures my teenage affects and tells them as a blurry and fragmented autobiographical story, simultaneously reacting to the current socio-political situation in Poland, with its "LGBT free zones," violation of democracy, police brutality, and state censorship.
The images come from the following sources:
(b) Make a Move (edit. EELF, perf. Nørus, 2017)
(c) Wszystko na sprzedaż (Everything for Sale, dir. Andrzej Wajda, 1968)
(1, 5) Gladly (dir. Hannah Perry, perf. Tirzah, 2018)
(4) Egymásra nézve (Another Way, dir. Károly Makk, 1982)
(6) Dreszcze (Shivers, dir. Wojciech Marczewski, 1981)
(8) Celuloza (Celullose, dir. Jerzy Kawalerowicz, 1953)
2020: Blind Spot - Spaces of Lockdown (Film Place Collective), Message to Man International Film Festival (St.Petersburg), Blind Spot - Spaces of Lockdown (Film Place Collective), Message to Man International Film Festival (St. Petersburg), 67th International Short Film Festival Oberhausen, 21er Haus (Vienna), Kunstverein Schattendorf (Burgenland).
The film features several voice samples of the following cats and people:
Joanna Burzyńska, Belinda Kazeem-Kaminski, Faris Cuchi, Elí Melgar, Gosia Mikołajczak, Julia Hölzl, José Luis VIesca Rivas, Karolina Dąbrowska, Księżnior, Lotta, Łukasz Stokłosa, Maciek Przygoda, Masha Godovannaya, Moira Hille, Mzamo Jama, Naomi Rincón Gallardo, Noël Iglessias Dernersessian, Odważnik, Paweł Matusz, Piętaszek, Przemek Branas, Robert Marcisz