Born in Warsaw (Poland) in 1983, Julia Sokolnicka is an experimental and documentary filmmaker, writer and researcher based in Amsterdam. She’s an author of music, and dance videos and visual concepts for theatre and commercials. In her practice she moves between social philosophy, video and performance.
In her current projects she’s working with social choreographies, notion of Realness, simultaneous narratives and big archives with focus on communities – addressing utopias of solidarity and multicultural societies.
She continuously collaborates with other artists on projects in the field of theatre, dance, performance art and video art, working in Europe and in United States. Her film work comes from documentary practice and discusses the presence of an author in the cinema, and the space of the cinema itself, as well as performativity of filmmaking.
Her work is shown both on film festivals as in gallery spaces.
She studied Philosophy at Warsaw University and film directing in Warsaw’s Wajda School, and later in NFTS of University of Silesia in Katowice (PL). In 2014 she moved to Amsterdam where she graduated with Master of Film artistic research degree in 2016, with her documentary archive live mixed in the cinema “Digital Nomads” (2016) as well as a research “Reality and Realness- the selfie movie” on the use of mobile technology as a cinematic tool, building intimacy in the documentary film practice.
She worked as a journalist and photo journalist for Polish, nongovernmental organizations online service ngo.pl in Warsaw, writing about cultural politics of the city. In 2012 she started an art directing company Susok first engaged in social entrepreneurship around ethical trade and vintage, organizing spaces outside of shopping malls, where residents of different ages and backgrounds could meet. She then moved to art directing and costumes and set design for theatre film and commercial media projects. Susok continues in Amsterdam as a Dutch freelance company, realizing commercial film projects, and cinematic collaborative projects.
As a documentary filmmaker she worked for teatr.pl co-creating an online television focusing on theatre in Poland. She then self produced few short documentaries and music video’s. Her short documentary “Side Roads” (2015) has received an international festival recognition.
Julia is a founder of Researchers Office Amsterdam – a community based project space in Amsterdam that evolves around collaborative and interdisciplinary research based art practice.
-MA Artistic Research in Film, Master of Film AHK, Amsterdam NL – 2014-16
COURSES AND WORKSHOPS:
2020 -IFFR Sessions on International Film Festival Rotterdam 2020, with Rachel Rakes and Julian Ross, focusing collective subjectivity practices in Film Industry and Arts. Supported by NL Filmfonds
2019 -BAK Forum voor Actuele Kunst Utrecht – Black Quantum Futurism Course with Camae Ayewa and Rasheedah Phillips
2017 -Forecast Forum – Berlin, Haus Der Kulturen der Welt, DE – official selection – Moving Image group with mentor Bjørn Melhus
-U-jazdowski Contemporary Art Centre Warsaw, PL- performance workshop with Rafał Urbacki focused on communities – within Gotong Royong exhibition
2016 -Era New Horizons Wrocław, PL – Studio New Horizons for young filmmakers- Creative Europe SCHOLARSHIPS AND ART RESIDENCIES:
December 2020 – Goyki 3 Art inkubator Sopot, PL- Residency as a part of reserach project Other Rhythms – curator Weronika Morawiec, founded by the Cultural Funds of Sopot, Supported in February 2020 by Stimulerings Fonds for the collaboration with Wael el Allouche during presentation Non Violent Revolutions.
March-April 2019 – Cafe Tissardmine- Morocco, Writing and filming residency in the Sahara Desert, supported by European Cultural Foundation STEP Travel Grant
April-May 2018 – Trans-Europa Fluid – Hildesheim, DE. Residency and performance collaboration within Europäisches Festival für Performative Künste
July 2017 – Instytut Adama Mickiewicza – Program Kultura Polska na Świecie – support for the presentation -Digital Nomads – Kassel, Germany
2017-2021 – Art residency living scheme with Urban Resort, project “Lely” CAWA Gemeente Amsterdam. 2015-2017 – WOW Amsterdam, art residency within CAWA Gemeente Amsterdam
2015 -Bekker La Bastide Fond Rotterdam – Scholarship for the talented students for finishing studies in the Netherlands.
2020- Nomination – Three Package Deal – AFK Award for outstanding Artist- Shortlist from Film discipline
2016 -Best documentary film – “Side Roads”, Los Angeles International Culture Film Festival -Best documentary film – “Side Roads”, Mumbai International Film Festival 2016
2010 -“In the Head” Off Camera Film Festival – Best Short film Allegro Film Competition
2009 – Special Mention „Łodzią po Wiśle” festival – Script Award for “Los Warszawiaka” Finale of “Museum of Warsaw Uprising “ Film competition with a short film “Wybór”
March 2021 – “Pomiędzy/ Between” essays from pandemic – letters from the period of the first lockdown will be published by Goyki 3 Art Incubator in a book of essays by Polish artists.
May 2020 – Goyki 3 online Publication- Letters from Home to Home, Polish-Dutch notes from Pandemic, with Weronika Morawiec
April 2020 – KAJET Journal Digital, Postcards from Poland photo series, online publication
August 2020 – Publication in “Ręcznik” magazine of Contemporary Art Center Łaźnia, on New Collectivity in filmmaking- postponed due to Coronavirus
October 2020 – Performance Cinematograohy for If I Can’t dance I don’t want to be a part of your revolution, project on Carmelo bene, with Ivan Cheng, directed by Jacopo Milani, curated by Sara Gianinni
2018/2019 – Video Archivist and editor, Vertical Atlas research project curated by Benjamin Bratton, Klaas Kuitenbrouwer, Arthur Steiner, Leonardo Dellanoce, Het Nieuwe Instituut, Rotterdam, NL
2014-2019 – Archiving the Techno Underground grassroot movement in New York City , Berlin and Amsterdam. A part of the archive became Digital Nomads Project.
EDUCATION AND CULTURAL PROGRAMMING:
September 2020- Personal Narratives and working with digital film archives – workshop for the Captcha Design Festival Mannheim, DE
March 2020 -Presentation “In Dialogue with the Audience – Artistic Research in Film” as a part of Parakino Łaźnia Contemporary Art Center Gdańsk, PL
January 2020-…-Mentorship Master of Film Nederlandse Filmacademy Group:
January 2020 -Hearth 3 Sustainability, DeAppel Bar, DeAppel Gallery Amsterdam, NL December 2019 Hearth 2 Methodologies, DeAppel Bar, DeAppel Gallery Amsterdam, NL October 2019
Hearth 1 Trajectories, DeAppel Bar, DeAppel Gallery Amsterdam, NL
EXHIBITIONS AND PRESENTATIONS:
February 2021 Presentation Digital Nomads Artistic Research in Film in IV ISA Forum of Sociology, as a part of Reserach Group RC51 Sociocybernetics, Porto Alegre, BR
May 2019 OKO Cultural Dinners, Julia Sokolnicka – Side Roads and Lecture on Landscape of Transition, Oko Cultural Center, Amsterdam, NL
October 2017 Pamoja Gallery, A weekend takeover of screenings, presentations about my current projects. Public screening of Digital Nomads and a workshop within the research for Simple Gestures, Kraków, PL
August 2017 Simple Gestures – solo exhibition Feiertag galery, video and sound installation. Performance in collaboration with Marcin Kaminski, Kassel, DE
July 2017 Kassel KMMN – “Digital Nomads” Presentation within the context of documenta 14, Invitation by Kunsthochschule Kassel, DE
March 2016 Bookstore invites Julia Sokolnicka Bookstore Space and Foundation, Solo Exhibition with video installations “Possibility of a film “ and “Landscape of transition”, Amsterdam, NL
March 2016 WOW Amsterdam- Video Installation “Landscape of Transition”, Amsterdam, NL Group:
February -September 2020 -Input Party, archival interventions show in ISSG, Amsterdam, NL
December 2020 -Residency Goyki 3 with Historic Museum of Sopot City, Inne Rytmy, Inner Rhythms, with Wael el Allouche and Weronika Morawiec, Sopot PL
May 2020 -June 2020 Solidarity Sessions, Speaker, gallery W139, Amsterdam, NL
February 2020 -Exhibition and presentation Nonviolent Revolutions with Wael el Allouche, curated by Weronika Morawiec, Goyki 3, Sopot Centrum, Sopot, PL
September 2019 – Lost Property project Space, Jan van Galenstraat Fuck the pain away Karaoke Machine, with Martina Raponi, Amsterdam, NL
September 2019- Two Thousand and Eighty Four exhibition space, with “Digital Nomads” installation, curated by Marissa Karlas, as a part of Leidse Kunstroute, Leiden, NL
April 2019 -COMMON INN – showcase of unknown formats, Het Nieuwe Instituut, Rotterdam, NL
January 2019 -at7 gallery Amsterdam, Anomia 2 – group show – video works presentation,
September 2018 -Interference Festival and Conference Tunis Medina, Presentation of Social Choreographies research, Tunis, TN
May 2018 -Transeuropa Fluid, Group exhibition, performance and residency, Hildesheim, DE
February 2018 -Art Rotterdam, Film “Love Space” with Jasper Griepink – Mondrian Fonds exhibition Prospects and Concepts, Rotterdam, NL
October 2017 -RIXC Festival and Conference Virtualities and Realities, With “Digital Nomads”- video/ sound installation at ?kim Contemporary Art Centre, Riga, LT
April 2017 -Haus Der Kulturen der Welt “Forcast Forum”, Presentation of the project “Playing the self” within the moving image group mentored by Bøjrn Melhus, Berlin, DE
January 2017 -Eighteen 29 gallery, Presentation within exhibition “Plug it In” with the video work THE TECHNO in collaboration with Nicholas Bazzano (NYU) and a presentation of the “Digital Nomads”, Amsterdam, NL
June 2016 -Keep an Eye Film Festival, Video installation and a performative lecture with “Digital Nomads”, Eye Institute, Amsterdam, NL
March 2016 -WOW Amsterdam – Open Studios, Video Installation with selected Video work, Amsterdam, NL
May 2015 -Exhibition ending Light seminar – curated by Gabriel Lester – Collaboration Between Academy of Architecture and Film Academy, Amsterdam, NL
June 2020 -Actor in Sophie Lee’s “Ziwzig, Ziwzig, Oo, Oo” multple channel film Installation, curated by Zipora Elders, Kunstvoort Vijfhuizen, NL
June 2017 -Das Arts – Theatre, Amsterdam, NL “We are not watching the past yet”- A theatre play in collaboration with Szymon Adamczak- Video, performance, text, Amsterdam, NL
May 2017 -Arti et Amicitiae -Techno Therapy with collective Physical People, withing FLAM Forum For Performing Arts festival 2017, performance, Intervention, Amsterdam, NL
April 2016 -Techno Therapy by Physical People, gallery W139, within Sifting Spaces group exhibition, Amsterdam, NL
2020-… Founder and coordinator BUT – Broedplaatsen United Tenants Amsterdam
“Fuck the Pain Away Karaoke” with Martina Raponi , Amsterdam 2019, “Kometa” – Tania O, Crunchy Human Children records, Warsaw, Amsterdam 2015,
Online research Publications for Master of Film studies at Nederlandse Filmacademie (AHK) in Amsterdam.
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