Sadie Coles HQ

in association with Artprojx present



Artprojx at Prince Charles Cinema
7 Leicester Place, Leicester Square, London WC2

Tuesday 12, Thursday 14, Friday 15 October

Breakfast screening with the artist

on Tuesday 12 October from 10am

and a Q&A with

Stuart Comer, Curator of Film, Tate Modern

A FRIEZE VIP EVENT - and everyone is welcome



+44(0)207 493 8611


For more information:

David Gryn

+44 (0) 7711127848




Sadie Coles HQ

in association with Artprojx present

The world premiere screening of


The second full length feature film by

Polish artist Wilhelm Sasnal.

Beautifully shot and unrelentingly bleak.

The film shows the desperate citizens of a

post-apocolyptic urban landscape waiting

for the inevitable end of their existence.

12, 14, 15 October 10.30am-12 noon screenings

Artprojx at Prince Charles Cinema
7 Leicester Place, Leicester Square, London WC2

RSVP essential (all welcome):

+44 (0) 207493 8611


World premiere of a new film by Wilhelm Sasnal
70 minutes, Poland, 2010, in Polish with English subtitles

this is the brief moment after the disaster
when they crawl out of their holes

Sadie Coles HQ in association with Artprojx is delighted to announce a
series of screenings of Fallout, the second feature film by Polish
artist Wilhelm Sasnal, at the West End's Prince Charles Cinema in
October. Set in an unidentified region of Poland, Fallout glimpses at
the decimated existences of men and women in the aftermath of a
nuclear bombing. The largely nameless characters

inhabit a wasteland of junk-strewn garages and drab apartment blocks
– locked in a listless waiting game that recalls the dramas of Samuel
Beckett. Only the ghosts of human dynamics survive, fraught with
undercurrents of sexual suspicion and decay. Men address each other
using sardonic epithets – ‘Mr Bad’ or ‘Mr Kiddo’; and they observe and
follow each other with ambiguous intent. Sasnal holds his characters
at arm’s length, undercutting our instincts about them as their
desperate interrelationships shift and expire, to form an acute and
unnerving picture of personal and social degeneration.

Wilhelm Sasnal has emerged in the last decade as one of Europe’s most
celebrated figurative painters as well as a prolific maker of short
films shot on 8mm or 16mm camera. Fallout demonstrates his engagement
with Polish avant-garde cinema from the 1940s works of Stefan and
Franciszka Themerson to the punk music videos of the 1970s. In
particular, the film foregrounds the relationship between picture and
sound: its discordant, tremulous soundtrack merges with interior
noises while mirroring the phases of wobbly footage shot on a handheld
camera. As in Sasnal’s short films, the influences of music video and
poststructuralist cinema combine to evoke ‘personal cinema’ – the
privately produced short films which proliferated among Polish artists
during the Communist regime, and which often overlaid the banal
details of life with whimsical fantasies. A painterly sensibility
furthermore threads through the film, which echoes the off-kilter
angles, minute observations and mundane subjects of Sasnal’s canvases.

The characters of Fallout find parallels to their dystopian world in
stories and dreams: ‘Mr Bad’ speaks of Siparis, the sole survivor of a
volcanic eruption, while a doctor relates how she has been “dreaming
of mice lately, young and old, all sick”. Fallout is itself a social
fable in the mould of Orwell. Its nightmarish world – where memories,
whether individual or collective, are suspended, and words themselves
have disappeared – furnishes an allegory for the Polish Communist
regime's assaults on individual freedom, as well as the identity
crises, personal and national, of the post-Communist era.

Wilhelm Sasnal was born in 1972 in Tarnow, Poland, and lives and works
in Krakow. In 2009-2010, he had retrospectives at K21 in Düsseldorf,
Germany and Centro De Arte Contemporàneo, Málaga, Spain. Major solo
shows include Wilhelm Sasnal, Sara Hildén Art Museum, Tampere,
Finland, 2010; Years of Struggle at the Zacheta National Gallery,
Warsaw, Poland, 2007; Matrix, The Berkeley Art Museum, Berkeley, USA,
2005; Wilhelm Sasnal, The Locker Plant, Marfa (TX), USA; Camden Arts
Centre, London, 2004; and Kunsthalle Zürich, Zürich, Switzerland,


Breakfast screening with the artist on Tuesday 12 October from 10am

and Q&A with Stuart Comer, Curator of Film, Tate Modern

Free performances
Tuesday 12, Thursday 14, Friday 15 October at 10.30am

Numbers limited to all screenings, RSVP required: or
+44 [0] 20 7493 8611

Artprojx at Prince Charles Cinema
7 Leicester Place, Leicester Square


Wilhelm Sasnal (born December 29, 1972 in Tarnów, Poland) is a Polish
painter. Diploma of painting at the Cracow Academy of Fine Arts
graduation in 1999.

Works held in collections such as Saatchi or Tate Modern in London,
Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw. He is the 2006 winner of the Vincent
van Gogh Biennial Award for Contemporary Art in Europe 2006. His
international exhibitions include Frankfurter Kunstverein (2006).
Records for his works were set at Solid Phillips in March 2006 and at
Christie’s (New York) Post-War and Contemporary Art sale in May 2007.

Wilhelm Sasnal produces pencil drawings, ink drawings, photographs,
videos and paintings. In his art he employs a variety of media and
cultivates a non-uniform practice. Sasnal is primarily a painter.

Sadie Coles HQ is a prominent contemporary art gallery in London,
England, founded by Sadie Coles.

Artists represented by Sadie Coles HQ include Carl Andre, Matthew
Barney, Avner Ben Gal, Frank Benson, John Bock, Don Brown, John
Currin, Sam Durant, Angus Fairhurst, Urs Fischer, Jonathan Horowitz,
David Korty, Gabriel Kuri, Jim Lambie, Sarah Lucas, Hellen van Meene,
Victoria Morton, JP Munro, Laura Owens, Simon Periton, Raymond
Pettibon, Elizabeth Peyton, Richard Prince, Ugo Rondinone, Wilhelm
Sasnal, Daniel Sinsel, Andreas Slominski, Christiana Soulou, Rudolf
Stingel, Nicola Tyson, Paloma Varga Weisz, TJ Wilcox , and Andrea
Zittel. The gallery is based in Mayfair, at 69 South Audley Street.