Paul Bargetto is an international theater director and festival curator. He has lived and worked between New York City and numerous European countries including Poland, Romania, Germany, and Turkey for the past fifteen years. He founded the theater company East River Commedia in 1998 and the undergroundzero experimental theater festival in 2007. He created his workshop for actors, The Flying Sandbox, in 2004. In 2006 he helped to found the League of Independent Theater, an advocacy organization for independent theater in New York City. In 2011 he was invited to be a Producing Director in Residence with The Living Theatre. He holds an MFA from Columbia University in Directing and B.A. in Drama from San Francisco State University. In addition to his work in the theater, Paul is a passionate amateur photographer.
Computer Generated Artist Statement
Paul Bargetto (°1969, San Jose, United States) creates performances, photos and conceptual artworks. By contesting the division between the realm of memory and the realm of experience, Bargetto wants to amplify the astonishment of the spectator by creating compositions or settings that generate tranquil poetic images that leave traces and balances on the edge of recognition and alienation.
His collected, altered and own performances are being confronted as aesthetically resilient, thematically interrelated material for memory and projection. The possible seems true and the truth exists, but it has many faces, as Hanna Arendt cites from Franz Kafka. By applying a poetic and often metaphorical language, he finds that movement reveals an inherent awkwardness, a humor that echoes our own vulnerabilities. The artist also considers movement as a metaphor for the ever-seeking man who experiences a continuous loss.
His works appear as dreamlike images in which fiction and reality meet, well-known tropes merge, meanings shift, past and present fuse. Time and memory always play a key role. By questioning the concept of movement, he absorbs the tradition of remembrance art into daily practice. This personal follow-up and revival of a past tradition is important as an act of meditation.
His works isolate the movements of humans and/or objects. By doing so, new sequences are created which reveal an inseparable relationship between motion and sound. Paul Bargetto currently lives and works in Warszawa.