Anna Molska The Sixth Continent

24.11.2012 – 03.02.2013 Anna Molska The Sixth Continent

Zachęta National Gallery of Art

curator: Joanna Kordjak-Piotrowska

Anna Molska’s newest project is a journey to the southern edge of the world: the mysterious and still as yet not fully explored “Sixth Continent.” The starting point for the artist is the history of expeditions to the Antarctic organized by Polish scientists in the 1950s. A participant in one of these was the artist’s grandfather, the physics professor Janusz Molski.

The material gathered over the course of a several month research – the accounts of participants in the expeditions, photographs, slides, drawings and fragments of documentary films – inspired Molska to create her own vision of the encounter with an unknown terrain. The artist meanders along the margins of stories known from the travel and popular science literature of the time. The effect of these investigations is an unexpected play with the space of the gallery, in which sculptures, installations and a three-channel video installation have been combined together in a  compositional whole.

The main narrative axis of the film is a dialogue between the organizer of several of the expeditions and one of the participants. The artist brings her observation to bear on a group of Polish polar explorers enclosed in the claustrophobic space of a research station. The extreme conditions of interpersonal relations are a pretext for a reflection on the side of human nature that leads people to give sense to existence through activities that on the surface are irrational and unnatural. The whole is completed by an underlining of the political context of the expedition.

Anna Molska’s project  takes on the question of whether the major factor in pushing such different people into the frozen embrace of the sixth continent is instinct, the necessary of discovery, a mistaken decision or simply chance.

The artist is realising this project under the Minister of Culture and National Heritage of the Republic of Poland scholarship.

In this video, use has been made of archival materials and films of Ryszard Czajkowski, Janusz Molski, Stanisław Rakusa-Suszczewski and Szymon Wdowiak.


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  • Grafika obiektu: Anna Molska. Sixth Continent
    mediateka / folders / Texts
    Anna Molska. Sixth Continent
    Folder accompanying the exhibition
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    Anna Molska The Sixth Continent
  • Grafika obiektu: Anna Molska
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    Anna Molska
    Sixth Continent


Anna Molska
The Sixth Continent
24.11.2012 – 03.02.2013

Zachęta National Gallery of Art
pl. Małachowskiego 3, 00-916 Warsaw
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sponsors of the gallery: Lidex, Netia
sponsors of the opening ceremony: DeLonghi, Kenwood, A.Blikle, Freixenet
media patronage: Gazeta Wyborcza, Polskie Radio, The Warsaw Voice, Stolica, PANI,