FILM

Looking for Jesus

All photos by Kasia Szumska

Each one of her works is the memory and recreation of a segment of its predecessor: each and every predecessor is an ‘ace up the sleeve’ , ready to crop up in the next. It is a system of modular dependencies, of selection based on anti-format and deformation. Like a consummate poker player, she always plays a card at odds with the hand in progress […]”.
Andrzej Wajs, “Beyond Format”,
in the catalogue Katarzyna Kozyra. „Szukając Jezusa“ / "Looking for Jesus", 2014

„Looking for Jesus” is the latest project by Katarzyna Kozyra, whose starting point was information about the so-called Jerusalem Syndrome, an acute delusional disorder which had been reported by medical professionals only in the 2nd half of the 20th century. After visiting the Holy Land, people afflicted with the syndrome start to identify with Biblical characters – usually with the Messiah.

To date, the artist has visited Jerusalem several times in order to find those who in the early 21st century believe themselves to be Jesus. The first journey took place in 2012.

The result is over 100 hours of video footage from interviews and pictures of the city which serves as a backdrop for religious rituals and a scene for people of various faiths, denominations and colours, subsequent Messiahs who try to convince the artist they are miraculous and genuine, surrounding themselves with colourful crowds of pilgrims and locals. Kozyra encounters incredible personalities. Each of her characters hides a fascinating story, and all of them combined constitute a project presenting ways and means of carrying out one’s faith, its place and role in today’s world, and values on which we build our reality.

The project produced by Katarzyna Kozyra Foundation, carried out in cooperation with: MINISTER OF CULTURE AND NATIONAL HERITAGE (PL), ATLAS SZTUKI (PL), W&W A LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY (DE), MOMENTUM THE GLOBAL PLATFORM FOR TIME BASED-ART (DE), MUSRARA THE NAGGAR SCHOOL OF PHOTOGRAPHY, MEDIA, NEW MUSIC, VISUAL COMMUNICATION (IL), PAŃSTWOWA GALERIA SZTUKI W SOPOCIE (PL), POLISH FILM INSTITUTE


SPECIAL THANKS TO THE FOLLOWING PEOPLE:

Ibrahim Ahmad, Mykola Avyerin, Krzysztof Baradziej, Natalie Fortuna Bouwer, Monika Branicka, Jakub Burakiewicz, Fabio Cavallucci, Katarzyna Czekalska, Magda Gemra, Joanna Gruszecka, Abu El-Hawa, Bartek Konopka, Patryk Kowalczuk, Maciej Kraśniewski, Jacek Kubiak, Paula Kukla, Nitzan Levi, Agnieszka Magdziarek, Mira Marcinów, Pinkas Matan, Irad Mazliah, Tammy Mehanni, Jacek Michalak, Yair Moss, Piotr Niemyjski, Bartosz Pietras, Mikołaj Pietraszewski, Rachel Ritts-Volloch, Avi Sabag, Magda Sawon, Chen Serfati, Diana Shoef, Mirek Szewczyk, Katarzyna Szumska, Waldemar Tatarczuk, Piotr Wacowski, Andrzej Walczak, Anna Walewska, Joerg v. Weiler, Hanna Wróblewska, Shlomit Yaacov, Yaniv Yur, Nikita Zułkarnajew, Joanna Żak, Julia Żukowska