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FIMP 2023

Agnieszka Polska

The Talking Car





Agnieszka Polska addresses topics related to the ecological crisis, environmental and humanitarian catastrophes. The Polish artist, awarded with the renowned National Gallery Prize (Berlin), is the author of hallucinogenic and hypnotic artworks, which propose immersive experiences, making us reflect on language, history, science and activate a critical awareness of the social and individual responsibility in a post-truth world. Under an invitation from BoCA, Polska creates her first theatre piece, The Talking Car, with a mixed cast of Portuguese, Polish and American actors including Albano Jerónimo, Iris Cayatte and Vera Mantero, Bartosz Bielenia and Aaron Ronelle. On stage, we see a group of people trying to find a way out of a speeding vehicle. They are accompanied by singing, large-scale digital puppets, observing their struggles with tender curiosity. The performers inside the car, on their way to an ever-changing destination, explore a variety of roles, genres and emotional states. Atmospheric, repetitive music and hypnotic background animations enhance the melancholy of this immersive tale: a tale about one's role in the complex system combining human and nonhuman agents and socio-technological infrastructures.




© Bruno Simão/BoCA

© Bruno Simão/BoCA

© Bruno Simão/BoCA

© Bruno Simão/BoCA

© Bruno Simão/BoCA

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Agnieszka Polska was the 2017 winner of the National Gallery Prize in Berlin, Germany's most prestigious art prize, and represented Poland at the 57th Venice Biennale, curated by Christine Macel. Polska has held solo exhibitions at the Contemporary Art Centre Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw, Nottingham Contemporary, Nottingham, Salzburger Kunstverein, Salzburg and Summerhall, Edinburgh, among others. Agnieszka Polska dreamlike, immersive and visually powerful films, explore time and memory, drawing out and examining the intricate relationships between various processes of influence, legitimation or exclusion in the fields of language, science and history. These have been exhibited at Tate Modern, MoMA, New Museum, Hamburger Banhof, 19th Biennale of Sydney, Berliner Festpiele, International Documentary Film Festival, Copenhagen, Institute of Contemporary Arts / Lux Biennial of Moving Image, London, Athens Biennale, BoCA, among others.

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  • Text and direction 
    Agnieszka Polska

    Translation to Portuguese 
    Joana Frazão

    Albano Jerónimo, Iris Cayatte, Vera Mantero, Bartosz Bielenia, Aaron Ronelle

    Voice over 
    Jasmina Polak
    Dramaturgy support 
    Olga Drygas

    Igor Klaczyski

    Light design 
    Rui Monteiro

    Video and sound 
    André Teixeira

  • Digital puppet animation 
    Jeremy Coubrough

    Stage videos animation 
    Ewa Polska

    Head of production 
    Hugo Alves Caroça

    Joana Portela

    Commission and production 

    Co-produced by 
    deSingel, Kampnagel, Nowy Teatr

    Artistic residency 
    Goethe Institut Lisboa

    Presentation partner 

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