In Absolute Silence

Lukasz Srodka - Poland, USA - 65 MINS


Year 1971. National Art Symposium featuring the most renowned Polish artists of their time. Painter Konrad Jarodzki takes several spools of cotton tape and goes to a nearby brown coal opencast mine. He stretches a few miles of white material, and in an almost frenetic effort tries to describe space around him.
Looking at old photographs what strikes to this day is the contrast between the fragility of the tape and the dominant, disturbing landscape. Fascinating manifestation of vulnerability, and yet a testament to human perseverance in trying to give meaning to the reality surrounding us. The symbol of Konrad Jarodzki’s life and art, and maybe of human beings in general.