Artur Zmijewski
Democracies 2009

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Artur Zmijewski born 1966
Date 2009
Medium Video, 20 flat screens or 1 projection, colour and sound
Dimensions Unconfirmed: 2hours, 26min
Acquisition Purchased using funds provided by the 2009 Outset / Frieze Art Fair Fund to benefit the Tate Collection 2010

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Aiming to blend into the crowd as much as possible, Zmijewski and his cameramen filmed a series of politically charged gatherings, including demonstrations, military parades and memorial services. Many of the events are extreme right-wing and nationalistic, reflecting what the artist sees as a general cultural shift in Europe. ‘I was less interested in the rightness or justice of the cause’, Zmijewski has said, ‘but more in this inner drive that moves people to debate, to publicly show their own needs, demands, requests, opinions – and to defend them with their own presence’.

November 2015

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