Gegenwart: Doing Youth

July 15 at 2:00 PM — July 18, 2021 at 6:00 PM

The Last Train To Warsaw (2019), a film by Fashion House Limanka, will be screened at the Kunstverein Bar as part of Gegenwart: Doing Youth, July 15-18, 2021.

The film is set in a post-apocalyptic scenery of the city of Łódź and tells of the hopeful preparations of four protagonists before their departure to Warsaw. For them, Warsaw is a place where careers are pursued, and dreams come true. With high hopes for attaining fame as an art collective and driven by a past of fading success and precarious life, all efforts are vested toward the chance of a better future elsewhere. In the process, the train becomes a symbol of progress and the transition to a new, prosperous life.The Last Train To Warsaw is a tribute to the starkly contrasting city of Łódź, where decay and splendor are side by side. The film regards the present as a momentary tension between past disappointments and future hopes, between success and failure. It shows the longing for change and the hope for a better future.
Fashion House Limanka [Dom Mody Limanka] is an artist collective founded in 2017 in Łódź, Poland. Based in a former gynecologist's practice, they also organize exhibitions, performances, concerts and fashion shows. During the premiere of The Last Train To Warsaw, Fashion House Limanka declared the bankruptcy and end of the collaboration.

Gegenwart is a recurring exhibition project for contemporary art in Hamburg that examines the ever-changing and altered present with a different thematic focus every three years. The first edition dedicated to the theme of "Youth" will take place in July 2021. From July 15th to 18th, performances, screenings, and exhibitions will be shown at Kunstverein Harburger Bahnhof, Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hochschule für bildende Künste, the project spaces Come Over Chez Malik's and hinterconti, as well as in various kiosks, parks, a hostel, the Yoko Club and other public places in Hamburg. Furthermore, an open seminar and a panel discussion under the title The Kids are alright - Jugend der Gegenwart und Gegenwart der Jugend (The Kids are Alright - Youth of the Present and the Present of Youth), will take place at the Freiraum of the Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe. A short film program dedicated to insights into the lives of youth will be shown at the Metropolis Kino.