Anna Molska represents the youngest generation of Polish video artists. In her works she explores outdated modernist and socialist utopias, and uses them as a pretext for the analysis of contemporary reality. Now and Then presents her acclaimed videos: Mourners (2010) and Weavers (2009). In the work Mourners, Molska engages professional mourners and invites them into the space of a museum, where they sing and talk about everyday issues, with repeating topics of death and evil. The Weavers is based on the drama of the German Nobel Prize winner Gerhart Hauptmann. The history of proletarian revolt Molska moved into the contemporary Polish reality of a mining region of Silesia, threatened with unemployment and technological change at the same time questioning the actuality of a leftist rhetoric, both the nineteenth century and the one associated with the Solidarity movement of the eighties.
Anna Molska – (b. 1983, Poland) Lives and works in Warsaw. She graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw in 2011. Selected solo exhibitions include: Zachęta National Gallery of Art, Warsaw (forthcoming, Autumn 2012); The Forgetting of Proper Names, Calvert 22 Foundation, London (2012), Anna Molska, Malmö Konsthall, Sweden (2010). Selected group exhibitions include: The Third Room, Kunsthalle Düsseldorf (2011); Rearview Mirror, The Power Plant, Toronto (2011); While Bodies Get Mirrored – an exhibition about Movement, Formalism and Space, Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Zurich (2010); The Generational: Younger Than Jesus, New Museum, New York (2009); 5th Berlin Biennial, Berlin (2008).