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24. Angelika Markul, Memory of Glaciers, 2017


video installation, 10’51’’

Côme Aguiar: music

Memory of Glaciers is the first part of a film trilogy about the existence of humanity – from its birth through subsequent evolution. The myth constructed by Angelika Markul in her work is informed in equal parts by academic sources and fiction.

The film’s narrative begins with the discovery of comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko – the organic compounds found on it may explain the origins of life on Earth. Yet the installation is above all a visual narrative about the tragic melting of glaciers in southern Patagonia. In the nucleus of the comet and in the heart of glaciers, birth and death are preserved in the same way. Using mystery-filled images, Angelika Markul reveals the secrets of these structures, both real and fictional.

The artist treats the spectacular image of crashing glacial ice as an aesthetic phenomenon. The vision, abstract like a painted composition and further strengthened by majestic music, becomes part of a narrative about nature’s strength and beauty, while at the same time showing its fragility.


Angelika Markul is a visual artist, author of films, installations, photographs, paintings and drawings. She graduated from École Nationale des Beaux Arts in Paris, having presented her graduation work at Christian Boltanski’s multimedia studio. She has lived and worked in Paris since 1997. Her work has been exhibited at many galleries worldwide; in Poland, these included Foksal Gallery, Muzeum Sztuki in Łódź, Ujazdowski Castle Centre for Contemporary Art and Zachęta National Gallery of Art. Markul is the first Polish artist whose works have been shown at Palais de Tokyo.



Climate change

The functions of retention reservoirs include gathering water for human and industrial use and protecting the surrounding area from flooding. The modernized Mokra Fosa reservoir near Nowe Ogrody is meant to protect this part of Gdańsk from flooding caused by heavy rainfall.

The climate is becoming unbalanced. Hurricanes and extreme rains are becoming more and more frequent. The global sea level rise is accelerating, fuelled by the melting icebergs of Greenland and Antarctica. Their melting, in turn, is influenced by growing temperatures caused by greater concentration of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere.

In Poland, sea level rise threatens, among others, to flood coastal towns – including Gdańsk.

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24. Angelika Markul, Memory of Glaciers, 2017

Gradowa Hill Fort, causeway on the Mokra Fosa reservoir

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