STEFAN THEMERSONEnlarged film stills from Europa
- Stefan Themerson
- Enlarged film stills from Europa
- gelatin silver prints
- Overall 10 by 3 3/4 in. (25.4 by 9.5 cm.)
Ubu Gallery, New York, 1996
Georges Didi-Huberman, Atlas: How to Carry the World on One's Back? (Madrid, 2010), p. 412
Extant photocollages by Stefan Themerson are rare. They were originally fabricated as visual recreations from their five short films, most of which no longer survive. The original film reel for Europa was lost during the Second World War and photocollages such as that offered here are the only surviving visuals of this important document. This unique photocollage of consecutive film stills is from the last part of the movie: ‘Hips — Bread — Head,’ as captioned by the Themersons in their later reconstruction of the script.
Although Stefan Themerson intended the fifteen minute silent film to feel primitive, László Moholy-Nagy, who saw Europa in London in 1936, called it ‘a sophisticated film.’ It included all the photographic inventions favored by avant-garde artists and photographers: photogram, multi exposure, and photomontage.