Wonder Woman juxtaposes pieces by contemporary Polish artists with classic works of experimental film. The exhibition centers on David Wojnarowicz’s 1988 picture Beautiful People, at the end of which a man dressed as a woman wades into a lake as he repeats the mantra: “What I really want to do is just to run away, change my name, become a woman, and forget the whole thing.” The curators use this sad ending as a starting point for a more optimistic, surreal and revolutionary narrative. “I want to become a woman” becomes a subversive weapon against the Superman stereotype.
The title Wonder Woman is borrowed from Dara Birnbaum’s 1979 video Technology/Transformation: Wonder Woman. The exhibition additionally features the 1944 film At Land, by Maya Deren.
This exhibition is organized in cooperation with the Film-Makers’ Cooperative, Electronic Arts Intermix, PPOW Gallery, and the Warsaw-based creative studio Huncwot.