Dorota Buczkowska on Caszuidas screen, Amsterdam.

As part of the “VIDEO GUIDE – Marseilles” screening series on CASZUIDAS screen – Moving Images in Public Space – in Amsterdam, Netherlands, Videospread is pleased to present Dorota Buczkowska’s solo show “Meditation”. The programme will be launched in February 2009 and screened for one year.


Profession: Artist
Gender: Female

Over one hundred years and the determination of many women were necessary to break the bonds that tied female artists to their social status of being Women: excluded from Fine Arts training, from signing contracts with gallery owners without their husband’s consent… A handful of women lead the way and fought to obtain an identical and equal status as men’s, in a field that had long been a masculinist territory.

The networks and groups of women artists, authors, gallery owners, patrons… that arose in Paris in the pre, in-between and post-war years, were not so much associations or partnerships based on the sharing of professional, sexual, social or cultural values, standards or interests, but rather a community which allowed others to act knowing that they were part of a shared reality.

Marie Laurencin, Tamara de Lempicka, Sonia Delaunay, Iris Clert, Niki de Saint Phalle, Annette Messager and Louise Bourgeois – to state only a few – have in turn asserted themselves in a professional context which was for long, ruled by the only will of men. They have, by their achievements, allowed other women to overstep purely formal issues, to take part in the reflection and construction of the global Art theory.

Dorota Buczkowska’s programme – Meditation – is the third of a series of seven solo shows dedicated to contemporary women artists who have chosen Art as a field for research, expression and personal development.

Dorota Buczkowska

– Text by Guillaume Mansart –

Dorota Buczkowska’s videos often attempt to catch fleeting moments of transforming matter. Her work exists on the border of what is visible, at the limit of what is perceptible. Pulled-in by white fog, snow, ice or clouds, the shapes and colours the artist captures fade away, sometimes to a complete disappearance. Her work does not reveal itself at first glance but needs observation -much more than attention- what is known as the power of vision.

Natural phenomena are in no need for the insistence of the spectacular, and prefer to take their time. The mountain on which the cloud’s shadows progress (Two Years in the Clouds), thick fog regularly tinted with a spot of colour (Dew point), a snowy sky in which a weather balloon disappears (Starting point), melting ice revealing a piece of meat’s rich red colour (Taming)… Buczkowska’s videos are about on-going processes, invariably putting forward the fragility of our senses as much as the materials of reality. “In my work, I look at creating subtle moments where we have the illusion of control, possession and understanding.” Says the artist.

Part of her video work is closely related to meditation. Buczkowska’s interpretation of the soft forces that live within and compose our natural environment is somewhat supernatural, however not at all mystical, and the combination is far more subtle. It is an intimate link to the world that she offers us through her filmed immobile landscapes. A kind of poetic interpretation which includes observation and time passing-by, thus becoming compulsory to the understanding of our environment. Taking time is in total opposition with our modern lives. Here, the usual perpetual imminence is replaced by a necessity for patience. On the other side of the sequence, on the other side of the screen is the “off-screen” composed of a multitude of existences that make their existence obvious in these silent and refined videos specifically by their absence. In the end, it is a small part of the world that Buczkowska tries to capture, through apparently unspectacular elements, the ephemeral.