Artur Żmijewski b. 1966
The Game of Tag (2000-2001)
Duration: 1 minute
The strategy most frequently used by Zmijewski is to arrange situations and look how the protagonists behave. That is why his video works often recall fictionalized documentaries. BEREK / The Game of Tag is one of the best examples.
Zmijewski filmed a group of people in two rooms: a symbolically neutral space and the gas chamber of a former Nazi death camp. Naked men and women of various ages play the game of tag - some of them are ashamed, others engage in the game. According to the artist, this film is an example of a kind of therapy, used in psychology: the re-enactment of a traumatic event with a simultaneous shifting of its meaning.