Jonas Mekas

Jonas Mekas was born in 1922 in Lithuania. He currently lives in New York City. In 1944, he and his brother Adolfas were taken by the Nazis to a forced labor camp in Elmshorn, Germany. After the War he soon got deeply involved in the American Avant-Garde film movement. In 1964 he founded the Anthology Film Archives, one of the world's most important repositories of avant-garde cinema, and a screening venue. His filmography includes 73 works.

Artist of the B3 Exhibition ON DESIRE

I Had Nowhere to Go: A Portrait of a Displaced Person (OV english)
Germany // 2016 // 100 min
Director: Douglas Gordon

Jonas Mekas, born in 1922 in Semeniskiai, Lithuania, is one of the most influential filmmakers and film critics of the 20th century. In his long career, he has worked with the likes of Andy Warhol, Salvador Dalí and Yoko Ono. His autobiographical novel "I Had Nowhere to Go" starts out in German forced labor camp. Based on the book, Scottish video artist Douglas Gordon has created a filmic journey that relies closely on the voice of Jonas Mekas: for minutes on end, we listen to him while the cinema hall remains black.