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Chapter Arts Centre: ANYA LEWIN: WITH HEARTFELT GRATITUDE FOR THE PAINLESS TREATMENT - 6 June 2008 to 15 June 2008

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6 June 2008 to 15 June 2008
Opening times: Monday – Sunday 9am – 10.30pm
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Anya Lewin
With Heartfelt Gratitude for the Painless Treatment, 2008. Production still
photo Tom Riby
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Artists in this exhibition: ANYA LEWIN


ANYA LEWIN: WITH HEARTFELT GRATITUDE FOR THE PAINLESS TREATMENT

FRIDAY 6 JUNE – SUNDAY 15 JUNE 2008
OPEN: WEDNESDAY – SUNDAY 12-8PM

With Heartfelt Gratitude for the Painless Treatment represents a rethinking and restaging of fact and fictions. Developed from an inherited collection of autographed photos featuring 1920s film and theatre stars that frequented the Berlin dental practice of her grandfather, Lewin’s film traces an archival journey; an artist’s journey; journeys inhabited with social, cultural and ethnic history.

A Jewish Polish family, the Lewins fled to the USA in 1938, soon after Krystallnacht and just before Hitler invaded Poland. With Heartfelt Gratitude for the Painless Treatment blends the historical with the imaginative and theatrical. The story is full of holes and does not try to sew together the pieces to tell a complete story; but rather seeks to understand history as fragmentary and as a place for the imagination.

The film travels through the Wiener Library archive to discover the original Berlin address of the dental office to reveal a film within a film – a re-imagining of the dental practice and its fascinating patients, shot with a nod to silent German Cinema. Imagined scenes of slapstick dental exams, illustrious parties, flirtations and sad partings are augmented by the aural and textual elements of the work which acknowledge the growth of Nazi power during the period.

Biography
Anya Lewin was born and raised in Los Angeles. Her projects, both individual and collaborative, have taken the form of video, projections, performance, installation, text and web documents. She has exhibited in Beijing, Bulgaria, Cuba, Siberia, Belfast, New York, San Francisco and London. She is a lecturer and Researcher in Fine Art at the University of Plymouth, UK.






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