March 28, 2014
4 p.m. Daniel Popa: In Debt We Art
and 6 p.m. discussion


March 28, 2014, Gallery 1

4 p.m. Daniel Popa: In Debt We Art
Screening and discussion with the artist
Conducted by: Paul Bargetto
Discussion will be held in English.

6 p.m. Discussion:
Dr Baha Kalinowska-Sufinowicz
, Dr Anna Zachorowska-Mazurkiewicz, Maciej Szlinder
Moderation: Dr Mikołaj Iwański

The discussion is conducted in the framework of the project by Martha Rosler "Guide for the Perplexed: How to Succeed in the New Poland".

"In Debt We Art"
The documentary film project, in which 35 Romanian artists involved and active in the independent theatre scene talk about their biggest debt and what makes them get up in the morning. In frames of 'Guide for the Perplexed' Chapter 5: FINANCIAL DEBT will be presented, in which theatre makers talk about how they deal with the lack of money issue when creating and investing in their art - but also in their day to day life.

Film trailer:

Daniel Popa is the Artistic Director of the National Independent Theatre Festival in Romania. He is founder and Artistic Director of Doctor's Studio - independent artists association promoting contemporary theatre and film, with strong connections to today's realities and political and social context. Popa attented the National Film and Drama University in Bucharest, the Moving Academy for Performing Arts in Berlin, the Rutger Hauer Film Factory Masterclass in Rotterdam. Played in Romanian, English and French on various stages around the world, including Bucharest, New York, Rome, Milan, Warsaw, Vienna, Budapest, Prague, Madrid, both in independent and mainstream theatre productions. He has received several awards, including award in the Cinemaiubit International Film Festival for "Dac - Air" as Best Actor, Project Fringe Award for "You Can't Feel It Here" at the Dublin Fringe. His work "The Sunshine Play" has been awarded by the London Fringe Report. Popa has been honored at the Graz Blog the Theatre Festival as Best Director for "Scent of a Woman."

Paul Bargetto is an international theater director and festival maker. He studied acting at San Francisco State University and later directing at Columbia University in New York. He founded the theater company East River Commedia in 1998 and the undergroudzero festivalin 2007. He has directed numerous productions in New York City over the last fifteen years and many others in Poland, Romania, Germany, and Turkey. As a teacher, he has taught privately through his Flying Sandbox laboratories building upon the methods of Viewpoints and Suzuki to create a unique approach to actor training. He currently lives and works between New York City and Warsaw, Poland.


Presented film is part of work-in-progress during Daniel Popa’s residency at A-I-R Laboratory. Residency has been possible thanks to financial support of the City of Warsaw.


"Guide for the Perplexed: How to Succeed in the New Poland"
is the new project developed by Martha Rosler for the Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle in Warsaw focusing on life in contemporary Poland. Meetings, discussions, and performances will be held for the duration of the exhibition. Visitors are invited to participate in Town Hall-style public meetings facilitated by activists, educators, and experts. These discussions will address the following issues: Gender, or How to be a woman in the new Poland; Housing; Labour; Debt; How to be an artist in the new Poland; Environment and Industry; Migration; What should be placed inside the new Jewish museum?; and Should there Be a Polish colony on Mars? (Polish National Identity). The task at hand is to confront existing processes – including economic, cultural, and ideological – that shape social and political reality. The open space of the exhibition has the capacity to become a site of formulation of different answers, collective and individual, in the form of debates, lectures, informal counselling, and referrals.


Partners of the exhibition / project by Martha Rosler "Guide for the Perplexed: How to Succeed in the New Poland": Sofitel Warsaw Victoria, Epson  

CCA media patronage: Elle Decoration, Aktivist, Stolica,, PURPOSE


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