Assaf Gruber

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Story of a Scared State
Video, 27', 2016

“It is in your blood to take control!”. A Chinese art restorer fingers at a Polish museum director, who is begging him for a credit. ”We are no Jews”, she replies, “we just run the museum of their history.”
The theatrical performance, Story of a Scared State (2016) takes place in Wólka Kosowska, a center of wholesale trade the largest in Central and Eastern Europe that was founded by Chinese businessmen in the early 1990’s. The warehouses, located near Warsaw, serves as a symptomatic ground for an investigation into the exercise of power.
Representatives of the POLIN Museum of History of Polish Jews need to negotiate an urgent shipment of a memorial of the famous Polish World War II resistance movement fighter Jan Karski that was vandalised with the art production company Red Dawn (named after the Hollywood 80’s blockbuster about world war III).
From the sake of Art to dead national heroes,in this awkward Brechtian battlefield, where the politically correct does not lie where we expect it, we find ourselves confronted with politics in actu.

The project was produced in collaboration with the POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews in the frame of the Artist in Residence program, 2016.

Cast: Director of POLIN Museum: Joanna Drozda; Konrad, curator of POLIN Museum: Marcin Czarnik; Yang (the founder of Red Dawn): Piotr Wang; Wanda (technician at Red Dawn): Van Pham; Lee (technician at Red Dawn): Kim Lee

Director: Assaf Gruber; Assistant Director: Kuba Mikurda; Script: Assaf Gruber and Kuba Mikurda; Cinematographer: Paweł Nowik; Sound recording: Igor Kłaczyński; Sound mixing: Igor Kłaczyński; Sound engineer at the performance: Łyukasz Cieślak; Editing: Sławomir Jankowski; Stage design: Assaf Gruber and Modelatornia; Graphic design: Kuba de Barbaro

Full video can be viewed online at https://vimeo.com/194519896 (request password here)

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