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Sharon Lockhart 

Film screening 

Rudzienko, 2016
hd-video, color/​sound
56 min.

An important influence on Yalda Afsah’s artistic work was her time as a student at the California Institute of the Arts. This time shaped her artistic approach, which is characterized by an unconventional and experimental use of the medium of film. For the program of her exhibition Every word was once an animal, Afsah chose the film Rudzienko (2006), by the American artist Sharon Lockhart, who now teaches at the California Institute for the Arts and is one of the most important filmmakers of our time.

Sharon Lockhart’s film Rudzienko was shot over two years in collaboration with the residents of the Youth Center for Sociotherapy in Rudzienko, Poland. Building on the relationship she established in 2009 with Milena, who later moved to the center, Lockhart conceived of a series of workshops to empower the young women. The group worked together to develop dialog and movements to be enacted on camera based on their collective activities. The resulting film features a range of conversations, from the philosophical to everyday teenage concerns, and depicts actions both theatrical and mundane that voice the girls’ rich humanity.


Participating artists

Sharon Lockhart

*1964 Norwood, lives in Los Angeles

is an American photographer and filmmaker. Sharon Lockhart studied at the San Francisco Art Institute and the College of Design, Pasadena. As a professor, she has taught at the University of Southern California’s Roski School of Art and Design and the California Institute of the Arts. Lockhart’s work is in the collections of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; the Tate Modern, London; and the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; among others. Her work has been shown in numerous exhibitions, including Gladstone Gallery, New York; Middelheim Museum, Antwerp; Guggenheim Bilbao; Contemporary Art Center, Vilnius; The Arts Club of Chicago; Milwaukee Art Museum, Wisconsin; Center for Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv; Kunstverein Hamburg; and the San Franciso Museum of Modern Art.