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OPENINGS: AGNIESZKA POLSKA

Still from Agnieszka Polska’s Future Days, 2013, HD video, color, sound, 29 minutes.

AT THE BEGINNING of Agnieszka Polska’s video Future Days, 2013, we see two figures in the middle distance, a man and a woman, walking away from us toward a craggy shoreline. They are exchanging cryptic catchphrases in heavily accented English: cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin’s “I see no God up here”; Oscar Wilde’s “Time is a waste of money”; Goethe’s “Stay awhile, while thou art so fair!” These two contemplators of time and the infinite, it turns out, are artists Charlotte Posenenske (1930–1985) and Włodzimierz Borowski (1930–2008)—their identities indicated, eerily, by masks that transform their visages into affectless screens—and the strikingly beautiful landscape through which they walk is that of the afterlife. Soon, they are joined by a new companion: Standing on a rocky perch, Posenenske and Borowski gaze down at the surf, and there, washed up by the waves, lies Bas Jan

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