In 2008, the Polish artist Janek Turkowski discovered a box of 64 Superachtfilm rolls on a northern German market near the Polish border. Each showed the picture of the same woman, Margarete Ruhbe. Turkowski artistically reconstructed her life, which he didn’t know, he couldn’t even know. Margarete’s story unfolds in contrast to the powerful images from the communist era: starting from the artist’s curiosity to the search for the identity of a woman who has left behind a short but indelible trace. An intimate solo performance with the question: What remains and how can we read the past?
Janek Turkowski is the creator of projects that combine theatre, performance art and unusual forms of narration. He is a member of the Kana Theatre in Szczecin, has studied philology and is a curator and cultural manager. In his work he uses archived film material and concentrates on the process of narration. “Margarete” was shown at the Dublin Theatre Festival and the Festival Under the Radar in New York.
Duration: 55 Min.
Creation und Performance: Janek Turkowski
Video: Margarete Ruhbe, Martyna Głowacka, AdamPtaszynski, Marcin Piatkowski und Janek Turkowski
Set: Wiesław Turkowska, Janek Turkowski
Music: Roger Anklam und Przemek Radar Olszewski
Translation: Jeannette Boettcher, Marcin Piatkowski, Andrzej Wojtasik
Management: Iwona Nowacka
Supported by the Federal Agency for Civic Education, the Adam Mickiewicz Institute and the Cultural Foundation of the Free State of Saxony. This measure is co-financed by tax revenues on the basis of the budget approved by the members of Saxony’s state parliament.