Watch: Wilhelm Sasnal
Overlooked landscapes as emotional analogues
Best known for his painting, Polish artist Wilhelm Sasnal focuses on the details of the drab and often overlooked landscapes that surround him to articulate emotional analogues to moments that linger as much in the mind as they do in reality. His subjects often interrogate how we inhabit the space between public and private spheres and the ways in which music and image infiltrate our interior landscapes. Sasnal attributes his interest in painting to music, which consistently plays a key part in his films, providing the narrative structure for an abstract language of sensation fed by social and political events.
For 2007, Frieze Film presents four short film commissions from some of the most exciting and challenging international artists working today. Each film is premiered in the on-site auditorium and broadcast daily on Channel 4 during the week. This year, Frieze Film is curated by Neville Wakefield under the auspices of Frieze Projects, sponsored by BMW and supported by Channel 4 and Arts & Business.
Wilhelm Sasnal lives and works in Krakow. Recent solo exhibitions include Centro de Arte Contemporaneo, Malaga (2009); Galleria Civica di Arte Contemporanea, Trento (2008); Zacheta National Gallery of Art, Warsaw (2007), and the Frankfurter Kunstverein (2006). Recent group exhibitions include: 'When Things Cast No Shadow', 5th Berlin Biennale of Contemporary Art, 'Life on Mars', 55th Carnegie International, Pittsburgh, and Turin Triennial (all 2008); 'Painting of Modern Life', Hayward Gallery, London (2007), 'Imagination Becomes Reality' ZKM, Karlsruge, and 'What is Painting', Museum of Modern Art, New York (both 2007).