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Sharon Lockhart Untitled 2014 And Milena De¸bki 2014 2014  Roger Sinek  50Cm

Liverpool Biennial 2014: Sharon Lockhart

Sharon Lockhart’s exhibition brings together ideas about childhood, philosophical inquiry, and the politics of the voice, anchored by works referring to a Polish teenager named Milena.

In Gallery 1, Podwórka (2009) takes the ubiquitous courtyards (Podwórka) in the Polish city of Łódź as a structural motif. Lockhart filmed groups of children as they effortlessly invent their own spaces of play within the existing architecture. During this process, she befriended Milena, who would become a key figure in her life and who would inspire a series of other recent works. Lockhart has visited her on several occasions since 2009, taking her on holidays to Jarosław, Kraków and the beaches of Dębki.

"Beautifully composed."

The Telegraph

The artist’s time in Poland has also led to extensive research on the history of children’s rights and on the influential pedagogue Janusz Korczak. For her new film, commissioned by Liverpool Biennial and FACT, Lockhart returned to Poland to work with Milena and a group of twelve adolescent girls from the Youth Center for Sociotherapy, an orphanage in the town of Rudzienko. On a nearby farm, through a series of workshops led by educator and philosopher Bartosz Przybył-Orłowski, the group developed exercises and activities designed to empower the authority of their own voice and perspective on the world.

In Gallery 2, Lockhart presents a new installation based on The Little Review, a newspaper founded in 1926 by Janusz Korczak that was entirely written and edited by children.

"Vividly capturing the discomfort, moroseness and insolence of early adolescence."

Times Higher Education

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