The Arts Club premieres Sharon Lockhart’s latest film, Rudzienko. Chicago-based filmmaker and installation artist Melika Bass will give an introduction to the film before the screening begins.
The film, along with related still photographs entitled When You’re Free You Run in the Dark, derives from her long-standing relationship with Milena, a girl she met during the making of another film, Podwórka, in Łódź in 2009. During the past two years, Lockhart organized summer retreats for a group of teenagers who lived with Milena in a girls’ home near Warsaw in the town of Rudzienko. Through exercises in movement, reenactment, dance, yoga, craft, cooking, writing, and performance, Lockhart encouraged the girls to bring forth their personal narratives.
Sharon Lockhart is an American artist who lives and works in Los Angeles, California. She received her BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute in 1991 and her MFA from the Art Center College of Design in 1993. She has been a Radcliffe Fellow, a Guggenheim Fellow, and a Rockefeller Fellow. Her films and photographic work have been widely exhibited at international film festivals and in museums, cultural institutions, and galleries in New York, San Francisco, Berlin, Paris, Brussels, Turin, Rio de Janeiro, and many more around the world.
Melika Bass is a filmmaker and installation artist, whose international exhibitions and screenings include the BFI London Film Festival; Film Society of Lincoln Center, New York; Torino Film Festival, Italy; and solo exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago and the Hyde Park Art Center. Bass has received an Artadia Award (NYC), the Kodak/Filmcraft Award, an Experimental Film Prize from the Athens International Film Festival, and two Media Arts Fellowships from the Illinois Arts Council. In 2014, Bass was an appointed Pick-Laudati Resident Artist at the Alice Kaplan Institute for the Humanities at Northwestern University. Bass is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Film, Video, New Media, and Animation at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.