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OPENINGS: ANNA MOLSKA

Anna Molska, Tanagram, 2006–2007, black-and-white video, 5 minutes 10 seconds. Production still.

IN POLAND’S CONTEMPORARY-ART CIRCLES, Professor Grzegorz Kowalski’s studio-classroom at Warsaw’s Academy of Fine Arts is a storied place, through which artists including Paweł Althamer, Katarzyna Kozyra, and Artur Zmijewski passed in their student days. One of the more recent alumni is Anna Molska, who graduated from the academy only last June and who shot her black-and-white video Tanagram, 2006–2007, in her erstwhile classroom, which is strikingly painted half black, half white. As the video begins, we see two young, athletic men dressed in nothing but futuristic-looking black helmets and jockstraps. In the space with them is what looks like a set of oversize black building blocks, each about three feet high and resting on casters, which the men busily start to move around. The blocks change positions kaleidoscopically, forming and re-forming into abstract compositions, while

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