Sobota / Zaterdag / Saturday, 2011
video, black & white + sound, 20ʼ30ʼʼ, HD, 16:9

Sobota / Zaterdag / Saturday is the result of my collaboration with a group of Polish immigrants, who worked together to build a loose narrative, staging, for the camera a daily routine in Rotterdam. The video deals with the construction of Polish identity and subjectivity, by referencing Polish cultural representation from different decades. Sobota / Zaterdag / Saturday video combines music from Polish documentaries from the 1950ʼs (by Halina Paszkowska and Zbigniew Jezewski) with contemporary fictional footage from Rotterdam.

The video is a melancholic portrait of a group of people loitering around different districts of Rotterdam: Charlois, Tarwewijk, Maashaven and the City Center. The camera registers them in the surroundings of Rotterdamʼs post-war sculptures, such as De Speculaasjes by J.H. Baas. Picturing the groupʼs alienation and feeling of displacement against the backdrop of the Dutch city, my video is a proposal for a “non-heroic portable human public monument” dedicated to the immigrant workers.

From the outset, Sobota / Zaterdag / Saturday was intended for presentation to many diverse audiences. It was featured in the 41st edition of International Film Festival Rotterdam, on the Kunstuur programme on RotterdamTV, and in Around the Corner in Rotterdam, Charlois. The video was also exhibited in the institutional context, such as the National Gallery of Art Zachęta in Warsaw and in the MOCAK Museum of Contemporary Art Cracow in Poland.

– video stills