Untitled (Tania Project)

Rima Yamazaki

2020 | 00:25:00 | United States | English | Color | Stereo | 16:9 | 4K video

Collection: On Art and Artists, Single Titles

Tags: Architecture, Artist Portraits, City, Eastern European, Feminism, Memory, Painting, Visual Art

This project started with an email from a stranger in 2017. The sender was the widower of the late artist Tania and he invited the filmmaker to look at her “archive.” Tania was born to Jewish parents in Poland in 1920. The family moved to Paris in the 1930s, but during the WWII they fed to Montreal, then emigrated to New York. Tania eventually became an artist. While facing many hurdles as a female artist in the 1960s and 70s, Tania vigorously created a wide range of artworks, not only paintings and three-dimensional pieces, but also public art projects. One of her projects was a 13-story geometric “wall painting” in Greenwich Village. Although the wall painting still stands in the same location today, almost nobody knows who created the piece. Tania has been totally forgotten. In the summer of 2018, the filmmaker unpacked the archive to study the life and work of Tania. While exploring the memories of the female artist, the filmmaker negotiates her own task: how to make a film about the unmet subject using the archive.

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