Private Project

Hey there, in the valley

It is a intricately crafted experimental film in which the elements of the picture are not restrained with a linear perspective. The horizon-less spaces are the extracts from the artist’s painting and the motion picture compositing is a pure extension of his painting activity. This cross-discipline attitude of the author reveals the paradoxal juxtaposition of traditional, pre-Renesanse treatment of space with the film material realized by modern means. Living in a studio on the top of a dingy block, Kotlicki creates his works as lives and perceive reality. You see the world in all its complexity, and importance of futility. Undoubtedly, this has an impact on the construction of part of his paintings and videos, where a multitude of formal elements like the view from 11 floors workshop where arise. The duality of both imaging techniques properly combined in one coherent message.

The film „Hey there, in the valley” shows dozens of people in a landscape. They perform the same activities over and over again, they live together but independently in one spacetime. Spectator, as a demiurgo, can view all the figures at once, or follow the fate of each individual separately. The observer may be touched by a feeling that us – people – in every minute of our petite lives are nonwillingly facing unspoken mistery.

The interesting element of the film, besides the picture, is the sound. Narrative voice by John Barry has a truly deep sens and some beauty and it makes viewer digging in reality and ask questions. Voice is fully authentic (manipulated found footage, after approval of John Barry.

One of the fundamental assumptions of this project is its permanent development /till the artist‘s death/, so that each screening of the film becomes an individual instance of his installation(s).

  • Piotr Kotlicki
  • Piotr Kotlicki, John Barry (narrative voice writer)
  • Piotr Kotlicki
  • John Barry (narrative voice), Monika Augustyniak, Aleksandra Chciuk, Andrzej Grad, Anna Kazimierczak, Agnieszka Chojnacka, Anna Jabłońska, Joanna Miklaszewska-Sierakowska, Tomasz Musiał, Wojciech Kądziela, Piotr Kotlicki, Gromit
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  • Piotr Kotlicki
  • Piotr Kotlicki
  • Piotr Kotlicki
    Special effects
  • Piotr Kotlicki, Tomasz Łukasik
  • Piotr Kotlicki
  • Kuba Krzewiński, Piotr Kotlicki
  • Piotr Kotlicki, Zbigniew Olejniczak
    Property mastering
  • Piotr Kotlicki, Przemysław Brynkiewicz
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    8 minutes 12 seconds
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Director Biography - Piotr Kotlicki

Piotr Kotlicki (1972) graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Łódź, Poland. Currently works at the National Film School in Łódź at The Film and Television Directing Department. His work is multimedia-oriented with an emphasis on painting. Lives in Łódź.

Solo Exhibitions:
2017 Barbarians, ODA, Piotrków Tryb, Poland
2017 Black paintings, Assembly Gallery, Poznań, Poland
2017 There is a terribly acute today, 16th Science Technique and Arts Festival, ROKEiDM, Łódź, Poland
2016 We are turning into nothings – exlaimed the general, Sandhofer Gallery, Salzburg, Austria
2016 Motion compositions in paintings, PAF 2016 Animation Festival, Leuven, Belgium
2015 There are paths here which I’m jumping of, often getting bloody wounds, Olimpus Gallery, Łódź, Poland
2015 The truth is only known by ferns, Odnowa Gallery, Łódź, Poland
2010 Man jumping over, Bałucka Gallery, Łódź, Poland
2008 Searchings 2000-2008, BWA, Piotrków Tryb.,Poland

Group Exhibitions:
2017 The Next Day vol.2, Assembly Gallery, Berlin, Germany
2017 43 Painting Biennale “Bielska Jesień”, Bielsko-Biała, Poland
2017 The first line, Oda, Piotrkow Tryb., Poland
2017 Short stories, Strzelski Galerie, Stuttgart, Germany
2017 New man?, IV Piotrkow Biennal, ODA, Poland
2017 Hotel Europa, ArtVilnius’17, Vilnius, Lithuania
2017 One-for-one – art of exchange, Galeria OdNowa, ASP w Łodzi, Lodz, Poland
2016 The next day vol.1, Assembly Gallery, Poznań, Poland
2016 The first line, Oda, Piotrkow Tryb., Poland
2016 Spilotek, Drei Ringe, Leipzig, Germany
2016 Freedom of Form, The Gdańsk Shakespeare Theatre, Gdańsk, Poland
2016 Łódź with a sea view, Browar Mieszczański WRO2016, Wrocław, Poland
2016 The Access Point festival, St. Petersburg, Russia
2016 Display, Imaginarium Gallery, Łódź, Poland
2016 Things, Museum of Archeology and Etnography, Łódź, Poland
2016 Minority XXI, Museum of the Factory, Łódź, Poland
2014 NordArt, Budelsdorf, Germany
2013 Dazibao, Ningbo Museum of Art, Ningbo, China
2013 Labour in a Single Shot, Krytyka Polityczna, Warszawa, Poland
2013 Suitcreature, MS Dockville Festival in Hamburg, Germany
2013 Dazibao, Organ House, Chongqing, China
2013 Splendour of textile, National Gallery of Art (ZACHĘTA), Warsaw, Poland
2013 All hands on deck, Nachtspeicher23, Hamburg, Germany
2012 Madatac, The Contemporary Audio-Visual&New Media Arts Festival, Madrit, Spain
2012 Videomedja,16th International Video Festival, Studio M, Novi Sad, Serbia
2012 TGV en 50 secondes, CO.AR.CO, Marseille, France
2012 Festival Kultura 2.0, National Audio-Visual Institute Warsaw, Poland
2012 The Beginning of The End, Simultan Festival, Timisoara, Romania
2012 Hunger+, ODA , Piotrkow Tryb., Poland,
2012 In beetwen, Am Kietz, Schwedt, Germany
2011 When parks becomes an arena, SURVIVAL 9-Art Review, Wroclaw, Poland
2011 Summer presentations, Gallery Milano. Warsaw, Poland
2010 Kettle full of diamonds, Nachtspeicher23, Hamburg, Germany
2010 Quadratkubikmeter hoch eins, Nachtspeicher23, Hamburg, Germany
2008 Back side of medal-Artists for Tybet, Gallery of Young Promotion, Lodz, Poland
2008 The Grande Bouffe, GAZ, Łódź, Poland
2007 Użpildyta erdve 3, Petro Kriaučiūno Viešoji Biblioteka, Mariampole, Lithuania
2007 Echange symetrique, Génie de la Bastille, Paris, France
2007 Echange symetrique, Artbook museum, Łódź, Poland
2002 Two citys-four artists, Stadt Gallery, Esslingen, Germany
2000 Piano-forte, Manhattan Gallery, Łódź, Poland
1999 Beyound the plan, Manhattan Gallery, Łódź, Poland

2017 Grand prix , IV Piotrkow Biennale of Art, ODA, Piotrków Tryb, Poland
2016 Grand prix Freedom of Form, The Gdańsk Shakespeare Theatre, Gdańsk, Poland
2014 Shortlisted for „100 painters of tomorow” , Beers Contemporary and Thames & Hudson, UK

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