Director, Producer and Writer //
Finding Alma, A project by Alex Chowaniec
A project by Alex Chowaniec
Finding Alma (currently in production)
On the heels of my three-week artist residency and exhibition in Slovenia this past August (2014), hosted by Galerija Plevnik-Kronkowska (with a grant from the municipality of Celje), production of “Finding Alma” continues in my studio here in Brooklyn. Alma Karlin, Slovenian writer, polyglot, artist and cultural anthropologist, is the subject of my new media project.
In 1919, Alma began an incredibly arduous and unprecedented 8-year journey on her own around the world. I am fascinated by her motivations and the human constellations that her travels chart. The travelogues she wrote on her journey are in the collection of the New York Public Library. I believe that sharing a lineage is critical, to help current and future generations understand the context in which we are making our own work. I am fascinated by the historicization of Alma – the ways in which the archive of her materials is held collectively, how to acknowledge this, and encourage the emergence of new materials.
Please stay tuned for future updates.
Producer and Interviewee //
!Women Art Revoultion, A film by Lynn Hershman Leeson
!Women Art Revoultion (2010)
A film by Lynn Hershman Leeson
“Through intimate interviews, art, and rarely seen archival film and video footage, !Women Art Revolution reveals how the Feminist Art Movement fused free speech and politics into an art that radically transformed the art and culture of our times.”
I met artist and filmmaker Lynn Hershman Leeson in San Francisco and began working on her documentary film project, !Women Art Revolution in 2008 – a project over 40 years in the making. I went on to become a Producer of her film with Kyle Stephan and Carla Sacks; a co-author of the !W.A.R. graphic novel by legendary Zap Comix artist Spain Rodriguez and Hershman Leeson; and a 2011 Sundance New Frontier Artist collaborator: Lynn Hershman Leeson with Alex Chowaniec, Gian Pablo Villamil, Brian Chirls and Paradiso Projects with Hershman Leeson’s new media installation, RAW/WAR.
!Women Art Revolution was completed in the fall of 2010. I joined the film for its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival and made the move to New York for the MoMA premiere. !W.A.R. has the rare honor to have screened at TIFF, the 2011 Sundance Film Festival and the 2011 Berlinale.
My heartiest thanks to Lynn, who changed my life.