Łomża, Galeria pod Arkadami, Stary Rynek
A girl from Afghanistan, camping out with a group of refugees near the village of Usnarz Gorny and holding a grey cat in her arms. The dumped body of a three-year-old Syrian boy on the Turkish shore with his red T-shirt rolled up and his face flooded with sea water. Crowds of Ukrainian refugees tightly filling the waiting room of the Przemyśl train station. Caption: STATE OF EXCEPTION AREA on a road sign.
What images stand before our eyes when we think of borders, refugees, humanitarian crises today?
The filmmakers of the short films shown in the Border States set use their own visual languages to talk about different aspects of today’s refugee crises. They focus the cameras’ eyes on those fleeing, tracking, sheltering and profiting from others’ misfortune. They take us from the Białowieża Forest to Hungarian highways and the Turkish province. They peep at reality in documentary convention or tell fictional stories. What these films have in common is a sense of immense moral anxiety, which we increasingly feel when we think about borders, refugees and humanitarian crises.
Curators: Maciej Białous, Krzysztof Sienkiewicz
Dalej jest dzień, Damian Kocur, Poland 2020, 25’
Dark Chamber, Ottó Bánovits, Sweden/Hungary 2017, 5’40”
Bulak, Evrim İnci, Turkey, 2021, 4’20”
Hranice, Damián Vondrášek, Czech Republic, 29’
Podlasie. Granica światów, Katarzyna Lazzeri, Poland, 23’