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Hubert Czerepok
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Hubert Czerepok
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Hubert Czerepok

Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle - CCA Warsaw, Warsaw

Lux Aeterna. For video room project. The film's aesthetics and atmosphere are reminiscent of the best examples of Nazi cinema (such as Leni Riefenstahl films), where the heroic vision of nature was to support the significance of the ideology to encourage man to rule over the world.

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Curated by Ewa Gorządek

"Lux Aeterna" is a video shot in Norway. Its visual dimension creates stunning landscapes of the nature in Scandinavian, pristine forests, lakes, rocky mountains, which are accompanied by hero monologues consisting of quotations from great romantic poetry, the writings of politicians, madmen, and tyrants (including Juliusz Słowacki, Thomas Jefferson, Adolf Hitler, and Anders Breivik).
The film’s aesthetics and atmosphere are reminiscent of the best examples of Nazi cinema (such as Leni Riefenstahl films), where the heroic vision of nature was to support the significance of the ideology to encourage man to rule over the world. The hero in Czerepok’s film ponders the future of the world, subjecting to criticism the direction in which we all are going, and his seemingly logical reflections imperceptibly go from rationality into irrationality, downright insane. The artist worked on the film project at a time when there was a massacre on the Norwegian island of Utøya, where in July 2011, right-wing extremist Anders Breivik, in the belief that he is working for the good of this world, killed 77 people. This event influenced the final shape of Czerepok’s work. It turned out that Breivik, in the course of committing the atrocity, was listening to Lux Aeterna by Clint Mansell (known from the movie "Requiem For a Dream") – in his video Czerepok uses parts of this composition.

Past presentations of "Lux Aeterna":

11.2011 – exhibition "Dreams of Power", CK Castle, Poznań
02-03.2012 – exhibition "Lux Aeterna", Zak | Branicka Gallery
03.2012 – Lofoten Film Festival, Lofoten Islands, Norway
04.2012 – Polish Film, Film Festival, Berlin
05.2012 – shown as a part of "Between Us", Hartware MedienKustverein, Dortmund
06.2012 – Norwegian Short Film Festival, Grimstad, Norway
10.2012 – shown as a part of "Wrzeszcz Art", Gdansk
11.2012 – 21st European Film Festival for Documentaries "dokumentART" Neubrandenburg / Szczecin

Hubert Czerepok (born in 1973) received a diploma in 1999 from the Academy of Fine Arts in Poznań (in the studios of Professor Izabella Gustowska and Professor Jan Berdyszak). In 2002-2003 he studied at the Jan Van Eyck Academie in Maastricht, and in the years 2004 - 2005 at the Higher Institute for Fine Arts, Flanders in Antwerp. In 1998-2001, he led a gallery in Poznań with Sławomir Sobczak. In 2000-2002, together with Zbigniew Rogalski, they created the artistic duo Magisters. He currently works as an assistant professor in the Department of Intermedia at the University of Arts in Poznań.
Hubert Czerepok is a visual artist working in a variety of media: Amongst others, he is the author of video works, installations, photographs, drawings, animation, found footage films, and implementations in public spaces. Together with Sebastian Mendez, they developed the strategic game "Survivors of the white cube" - simulating the world of art based on the principles of the popular game Monopoly (2003-2004), he was also a member of the death-metal band Children of Sodom (2005, with Steve Rushton). Czerepok’s creativity is multi-threaded; topics of interest which the artist advocates for are, amongst others, artistic environment and its governing mechanisms, criticism of art institutions, the functioning of images in visual culture, the relationship between fiction and truth in history’s events, and especially the forms of mutation which these dependencies are subject to, analysis of the various conspiracy theories, prophecies, the tendency of the human mind to believe in supernatural intervention in the affairs of this world, as well as the crazy dreams of ruling the world.

VIDEO ROOM is a new long term project of the Center of Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle, which provides to the audience the best and newest creations of video art. Starting in November of 2012, every second Monday (beginning of 2013 - every third) in one of the halls of the Ujazdowski Castle, the visitors will be able to view the works of renowned Polish and international video artists. We would like for Video Room along with Bank Pekao PROJECT ROOM (presentation of young polish art - every other Monday), and also later Performance Day to become a fixed point program for all who are interested in contemporary art.

Image: Lux Aeterna, 2011, video, 29 min, HD

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Opening of the exhibition: January 14, 2012 at 6 pm

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