Films 2019

Self-Portrait in 23 Rounds: a Chapter in David Wojnarowicz's Life, 1989-1991

Runtime:
78.0 min.
Year of Production:
2018
Country:
France
Director:
Cast:
David Wojnarowicz
Production Company:
Marion Scemama Film
Berlinale Section:
Panorama

Screening at the Festival:

09. 02. 19Zoo Palast 219:00

Political artist, painter, writer, performer and photographer David Wojnarowicz was one of the leading personalities of the 1980s New York art scene. In an interview conducted in 1989 by cultural theorist Sylvère Lotringer, Wojnarowicz speaks candidly about intimate moments in his life, the creative process, sexuality, AIDS, and coming to terms with one’s own death - at a time when society categorically refused to face up to the AIDS epidemic. Marion Scemama, who was a close friend of Wojnarowicz and who filmed the interview, has created an incomparable essay out of it and previously unseen work drawn from the artist’s and her own private archives. Interweaving Wojnarowicz’s charismatic observations with excerpts from his work, she has succeeded in creating a deeply moving film that looks into the soul of a man who exposed his vulnerability in a variety of aesthetic forms. Along with the documentary essay Fear of Disclosure by Phil Zwicker and David Wojnorowicz, the film complements the exhibition “David Wojnarowicz: Photography & Film 1978-1992” that begins during the Berlinale at the KW Institute for Contemporary Art in Berlin.

FILMOGRAFIE Marion Scemama (selection)

2018 Self-Portrait in 23 Rounds: a Chapter in David Wojnarowicz's Life, 1989-1991 

Interview with Marion Scemama

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