Turkowski’s ‘Margarete’ at Noorderzon 2012

“During performing arts festival Noorderzon (Groningen, The Netherland) Polish performer Janek Turkowski offered  a surprisingly small and intimate filmic refuge from the predominantly big and spectacular main programme. His Margarete evokes a time long gone, on the other side of the Iron Curtain: captured on 8mm and super8 by an East German lady named Margarete. Since the mainstream success of films as Das Leben der Anderen (2006, Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck) the cultural imagination tends to favour a slightly bleak visualisation of everyday life in the DDR. Margarete shows us something else.”

For a full report on the performance written by Tom Slootweg, see: