Prosaic Portraits, Ironies and Other Intimacies

1991 | 00:46:00 | Czech Republic / Poland / United States | English | Color | Mono | 4:3 | 8mm video

Collection: New Releases, Single Titles

Tags: Autobiography, Diary, Documentary, Eastern European, Expedition/Travel, Politics

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Susan Mogul's first video diary work, produced two years before Everyday Echo Street: A Summer Diary (1993), follows the artist on a trip though Eastern Europe immediately after the fall of the USSR. Through discussions with various characters about politics, art, and each others personal lives, Mogul creates a video time capsule of social life in Poland, then Czechoslovakia, and former Yugoslavia.

“With wonderful footage, great interviews — she chronicles a changing political and artistic scene in Poland… she titillates, outrages and always knows when to move on.”

— Sally Stein, art historian, 1991