Piorun Stanislaw from Brudnow – TRT 4:00
‘Piorun Stanislaw from Brudnow’ comes from the series ‘Last Object’ which is a collection of portraits of old people who live in a rural area in central Poland. We do not see them in the video but we can hear their voices, see objects they used in their past and objects they use now. In this particular film we meet Mr Stanislaw Piorun at his house. He tells a story about a curse which can be spelled just by a sheer admiration. Mr Piorun gives a solution on how to get rid of a curse.
PIOTR PIASTA is a visual artist and independent documentary filmmaker. He was born in 1981 in Brudnow village, Wieniawa district, Poland, where he currently lives and works. His artwork explores themes of history, time and memory often within a rural context and he is particularly interested in ageing within rural communities and the stories and memories of older people in these communities. He is a co-author of a documentary film ‘Happened Here’, screened during Holocaust Memorial Day in Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK (2011). In 2012 after 10-month residency at Library and Cultural Centre in Wieniawa, he directed film ‘Songs Poems Rituals’, which had its premiere in the Museum of Oskar Kolberg in Przysucha, Poland (May 2013). Since 2014 he has been working on ‘Last Object’ series of videos which is a collection of portraits of old people who live in rural areas in central Poland. Films from this series were shown during ‘Filmideo 2014’ at Index Art Center in Newark; exhibited during 6th namaTREba Biennial in Trebinje as well as at ArtvideoKOELN at TENRI – German-Japanese Cultural Centre in Cologne; ProxyAct Festival in London; Harvest Film Festival at Open School East in London, where one of the films – ‘Piorun Stanislaw from Brudnow’ won 2nd prize in the category of experimental/artist films.
He was Berwick Visual Arts artist in residence in partnership with the Centre for Rural Economy, Newcastle University between October 2014 and March 2015. As a result of that he released a series of short films – ‘The Realm of Forgotten Existence’ exhibited in Granary Gallery in Berwick with patronate of Polish Culture Institute in London (May 2015). Films from the series were shown in such festivals as: 10° Streaming Festival in Milan; CÓDEC/Festival de Vídeo y Creaciones Sonoras in Mexico City; IntimaLente Visual Ethnographic Film Festival in Maddaloni; XpoNorth Creative Industries Festival in Inverness, Scotland; Hackney Attic Film Festival in London; Szczecin European Film Festival in Szczecin; inSPIRACJE 2017 / Breathtaking, group exhibition at TRAFO Center for Contemporary Art, Szczecin (2nd prize).