Filip
Pawlak

photo by Albert Zawada

Filip Pawlak, producer, performer and activist. A graduate of the Film School in Katowice and the Academy of Fine Arts in Wrocław. Currently, he works as producer in Nowy Teatr in Warsaw and as the Polish ambassador of the Creative Europe project – Europe Beyond Access. In the past, he was associated with the Silesian performative arts scene and collaborated with  Rafał Urbacki on his participatory projects. In his work Filip is focused on increasing the availability of performing arts to people with alternative motoric and disabilities.

A year ago I started to consciously discover myself as a disabled person. This great change occurred suddenly, without any notice, after years of working in theater and many projects focused on disabilities. But it wasn’t until a year ago that the strength of what contained a non-normative body came to me. The film you are watching is a record of that time, there’re fragments taken from the archive recorded with a 16mm camera. What I want to share with others is a new perspective on dance – both my personal and social, which includes special attention to the alternative motoric body. Studies on disability are not something new in the theory, but in my private life it totally unknown and currently learned by experience. With all the radicality of this change in perception of the world.