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3% of civilization – bitter-sweet Turkey

3% of civilization – bitter-sweet Turkey

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1. At the very moment I’m writing those words, the media report a serious crisis in relations between France – indirectly also the European Union – and Turkey. In response to the bill introducing punishments for negating the genocide of Armenians, which Lower House of French Parliament has put forward, Ankara has canceled all international, […]

Petition for Support of the Visual Culture Research Center at NaUKMA

Petition for Support of the Visual Culture Research Center at NaUKMA

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Dear all, On February 10th, 2012, the President of the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy Serhiy Kvit banned the exhibition of the Visual Culture Research Center “Ukrainian Body” that explored the issues of corporality in contemporary Ukrainian society. Serhiy Kvit explained his decision in the following way: “It’s not an exhibition, it’s shit”. After the […]

Death in Venice

Death in Venice

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Eros and Tanatos have equally reigned over the European imaginarium for many centuries. Sex and death were among taboo themes in conversations of ordinary people, though they were always mentioned. As emotions impossible to be expressed directly, fear and drives inspired the art – at first in a subtle manner but then more and more […]

Understanding Michael Haneke

Understanding Michael Haneke

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‘My films are meant to be a polemical statement against the American “barrel down” cinema and its dis-empowerment of the spectator. They are an appeal for the cinema of insistent questions instead of false (because too quick) answers, for clarifying distance instead of violating closeness, for provocation and dialogue instead of consumption and consensus’ – […]

Indefinable Szymborska

Indefinable Szymborska

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“She seems to be a very nice lady that nobody would take notice of when one sees her on the street. If somebody wished to get to know who she really is, one would have to reside in her body. Of course, it is impossible to happen. Reading her poetry is the only way to […]

Women of Pedro Almodóvar

Women of Pedro Almodóvar

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Pedro Almodóvar’s “Broken Embraces” is perhaps the most personal of all his works. It is dedicated to the passion to create movies and emotions that accompany this creative process. In “Broken Embraces” the director seems to say loudly and clearly: “I love cinema,”  but what does he really love about it? The answer is simple: […]

“The Help” – American black maids, tell us your stories

“The Help” – American black maids, tell us your stories

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Mississippi in the 60s under the rule of governor Ross Barnett was not an easy place to live for black people who were treated by then as citizens of the second category. It was just beginning of civil rights movement, segregation policy was still in power and racism was in its heyday. Black women had […]

What’s the point of shooting at TV, it’s better to switch it off

What’s the point of shooting at TV, it’s better to switch it off

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Interview with Zygmunt ‘Muniek’ Staszczyk – where the border between culture and pop culture is; if there is any reason to be ashamed of your songs played in Radio ZET (commercial Polish radio – ed.) and why the most outstanding Polish artists always screwed it up politically. Interview is a part of a series ‘Ask […]

Oscar Wilde – a stray dog of the nineteenth century

Oscar Wilde – a stray dog of the nineteenth century

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Grandma of one of the masters of words came from the old Irish family Fynne. Representatives of this family were related to the most distinguished people of Ireland and at the same time were said to be mentally unstable. Sir William Wilde – father of Oscar – is still claimed to be the creator of […]

Polish politics died for me the day Kuroń died.

Polish politics died for me the day Kuroń died.

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The conversation with Krzysztof Grabowski (known as „Grabaż”) on the rebellion, „revolution” of the fourth Republic of Poland and  on what Polish people should be thankful to Stalin for. From series of articles “Ask about Poland”. Are you a rebel? Not anymore. I used to be one. What did you rebel against? Against everything. And […]

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