Artist: Sharon Lockhart
video | 16mm transferred to HD video | 28:00 | 2009

The title of Sharon Lockhart’s film – Podwórka – literally translates to “courtyard” in Polish. It displays six different courtyards in Łódzˇ and the children that live and play there. These spaces serve as the playgrounds for the youngest residents of the surroundings apartment buildings, safely separating them from the street. In the still images of the courtyards we see the children playing, transforming parking lots, storage spaces and metal armatures into jungle gyms and sand boxes, evoking the resourcefulness of childhood.


The 10th Shanghai Biennale - Social Factory | 2014.11.23 - 2015.03.31 | Shanghai Contemporary Art Museum(Shanghai, China)