by Andrew Mania
Andrew Mania’s Gogolin is a culmination of his lines of enquiry into the act of looking, representation and appropriation. At the heart of the project is an exploration of his roots and family history, refracted through the history of art and cinema, and of Europe during World War Two.
Andrew's up-bringing was filled with tales of his parents' extraordinarily turbulent experiences, which feed the complex and personal allegories he creates in his work. Much of his work considers his relationship to his parents' status as refugees from the Second World War. His Polish mother arrived in Britain via India after the Russian invasion of her homeland. His father, a German paratrooper, was brought to Britain in 1945 as a prisoner of war after surrendering in Guernsey.
Gogolin seeks to evoke memories and feelings of longing, loneliness and desire - it comprises two main elements: the first is a hand-crafted, life-size wooden Polish chata (summerhouse) built in an Eastern European vernacular style, containing numerous paintings and drawings; the second is a large-scale film of the Great Bialowieza Forest showing, amongst the dense trees, a make-shift cinema screen onto which an excerpt from a feature film will be projected that refers to his mother's viewing of Hollywood movies in refugee camps and the often brutal history of the forest.
|Medium||Single-channel 16mm projection|
|Original format||16mm film|
|Screening format||16mm film|
|Colour / B&W||Colour|
Commissioned by Chisenhale Gallery and Picture This through New Moves, a Picture This programme funded by Esmée Fairbairn.
19 October - 09 December 2007
The Holburne Museum of Art, Bath, UK
09 Novembere - 18 Demberc 2005
Chisenhale Gallery, London, UK
Andrew Mania collects curiosities, recycling found objects and images and adding personal obsessions like yetis, abstract motifs or bird-like swarms.
Curator Elena Hill met with Andrew Mania to find out more about the story behind the film and installation Gogolin.