Friday, September 28, 2012

JONAS MEKAS @ JAMES FUENTES opens Friday, October 5th


Reminiscences of a Displaced Person
Postwar Germany 1945 - 1949

October 5 - October 28, 2012
Opening reception: Friday October 5, 6-8pm 

James Fuentes is pleased to announce a forthcoming exhibition of photographs by Jonas Mekas.  This will be Mekas' third exhibition at the gallery. 

"Images out of Darkness" recounts the years that Jonas Mekas and his brother Adolfas lived in Wiesbaden, Germany, in a displaced persons camp.  In 1944, arrested by the Nazi's as they fled Lithuania, the brothers were placed in a forced labor camp where they worked in a machine factory.  The brothers escaped and were detained near the Danish border where they hid on a farm for two months until the end of the war.  After the war, they lived in displaced persons camps first in Wiesbaden and then in Kassel/Mattenberg.  Between 1946-48 Mekas studied philosophy at the University of Mainz, the brothers immigrated to New York City in 1949 with assistance from the UN. 

Two weeks after his arrival in New York Jonas borrowed money to buy his first Bolex camera and began to record brief moments of his life.   Mekas is considered a pioneer of diaristic cinema, his commitment to life as subject continues to this day. "Images out of Darkness" marks Jonas Mekas' first visual essay.  

Since 2000, Mekas has expanded his work into the area of film installations, exhibiting at the Musée d'Art moderne de la Ville de Paris, the Moderna Museet, Stockholm, MoMA PS1, NY, Documenta, Kassel, Museum Ludwig, Cologne, the São Paulo Biennial and the Venice Biennale. In 2007, the Jonas Mekas Center for the Visual Arts opened in Vilnius, Lithuania. Coming up Mekas will be presenting a solo exhibition at the Serpentine Gallery, London.  Coinciding with the Serpentine Gallery exhibition, BFI Southbank, London, and Centre Pompidou, Paris, will each present a season of film and video work celebrating Mekas's contribution to cinema.

For more information please contact James Fuentes or Adrianne Rubenstein at

James Fuentes

55 Delancey Street
New York NY 10002


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