Polana Institute

Dara Birnbaum, Maya Deren, Magdalena Karpińska, Olga Micińska, Mikołaj Sobczak, Paweł Śliwiński, David Wojnarowicz

Wonder Woman juxtaposes pieces by contemporary Polish artists with classic works of experimental film. The exhibition centers on David Wojnarowicz’s 1988 picture Beautiful People, at the end of which a man dressed as a woman wades into a lake as he repeats the mantra: “What I really want to do is just to run away, change my name, become a woman, and forget the whole thing”. The curators use this sad ending as a starting point for a more optimistic, surreal and revolutionary narrative. “I want to become a woman” becomes a subversive weapon against the Superman stereotype.

The title Wonder Woman is borrowed from Dara Birnbaum’s 1979 video Technology/Transformation: Wonder Woman. The exhibition additionally features the 1944 film At Land, by Maya Deren. Magdalena Karpińska, Olga Micińska and Mikołaj Sobczak created new works for the project.

This exhibition is organized in cooperation with the Film-Makers’ Cooperative, Electronic Arts Intermix, PPOW Gallery, and the Warsaw-based creative studio Huncwot.