Anna Baumgart – Swieze Wisnie (Fresh Cherries) (Poland/Norway 2010, 18:00 mins.)

It would always be a particularly beautiful woman, a very attractive one. She would be stigmatized due to her beauty, especially if she had no family of her own. It was like a witch hunt.Even from a psychological point of view she was the easiest to suspect, for the very reason that she was attractive and for some mysterious reason had no family. This Naama Schick/Tel Aviv University Film project is devoted to the phenomenon of tabooization, stigmatization and hierarchization of the WWII victims, which influences the young generation’s perception of war.

Produced as a part of project: Falstad Kunst in Norway

BIO: Baumgart is a multimedia artist who represents a feminist perspective focused on personal, often hidden, problems and obsessions, also delving into the subject of “Other” in culture. She works in video, installation, performance, sculpture, and artistic tattoo.

Over the first decade of the 21st Century, Anna Baumgart has become one of the most active and interesting women artists, skillfully employing various media and being consistent in addressing ever more profound problems. She has taken part in the most important shows of Polish art at home and abroad, and in 2004 Zachęta National Gallery of Art in Warsaw organised her exhibition in tandem with Birgit Brenner. She has received stipends from Fundacja Kultury (2001) and the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage (2005). Baumgart’s works are in the collections of Zachęta National Gallery of Art in Warsaw, Museum of Art in Frankfurt a/M, and in private collections.