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Sharon Lockhart’s film Rudzienko was shot over three years in collaboration with the residents of the Youth Center for Sociotherapy in Rudzienko, Poland. Building on a relationship she established in 2009 with a young girl, Milena, who later moved to the center, Lockhart conceived of a series of workshops to empower the young women to find their voice. The group worked together to develop dialog and movements out of their collective activities. The resulting film depicts a mix of conversations, from the philosophical to everyday teenage concerns, and actions both theatrical and mundane voicing the girls’ rich humanity. The Polish language film proposes an innovative approach to the relationship of image to language by offsetting the conversations with their textual translations into English, creating a space of quiet reflection.

Sharon Lockhart, born in 1964 in Norwood, USA, lives and works in Los Angeles. Over the past twenty-five years she has created an extensive body of work in film and photography. Many of her projects involve years of in-depth research and collaboration with particular communities. Lockhart’s work has been the subject of numerous solo and group exhibitions at museums worldwide.

Production: Muddy Hill Productions, Łódź; Ola Knychalska, Łódź; Sharon Lockhart, Los Angeles
Camera: Yori Fabian, Colin Trenbeath
Cast: Julia Barbarewicz, Weronika Buła, Aleksandra Ciechomska, Katarzyna Drozd

Running time: 53 min
Language: Polish

Photo: © Sharon Lockhart, 2016. Courtesy the artist, neugerriemschneider, Berlin and Gladstone Gallery, New York and Brussels

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