*1985, Lublin (PL)
Lives und works in Warsaw (PL)
The Talking Mountain, 2015
HD animation, 9 min. 46 sec.
Courtesy of Zak Branicka Galerie, Berlin
The Talking Mountain, a short animated film by Agnieszka Polska now on show at Bar Ladinia for the Biennale Gherdëina VI, describes a journey the artist made with a friend, with the aim of finding The Talking Mountain: a legendary hill able to answer any question. In their dialogue, the ubiquitous travelers focus on a human’s need to look for the spiritual essence in inanimate objects, as well as on the notion of name giving as an act of creating reality. Here too, like in Egill Sæbjörnsson’s imaginary conversations, the artist is engaged in an intimate relationship with a mountain: “I fell asleep and in my dream the Talking Mountain spoke to me. She said, ‘House’ and I was home. She said, ‘Night’ and it was dark. She said ‘Cry baby, lay down your head. I’ll read you, babe, the alphabet”.