I Had Nowhere To Go

Douglas Gordon

Douglas Gordon is one of the most important contemporary British video artists. With his film, I Had Nowhere To Go he has created a very special contribution to documenta 14.

Based on the literary journal of the well-known filmmaker Jonas Mekas, Gordon’s film depicts how Mekas fled his home in Lithuania to escape the Nazis and then emigrated to America after years in so-called Camps for Displaced Persons.

But Douglas Gordon’s film is not simply a retelling, not an adaptation. It is rather his artistic reaction to the impressive book and its approach to remembering atrocities.

This accompanying publication presents a selection of film stills along with text excerpts from Jonas Mekas’ accounts.

Published on the occasion of the exhibition, I Had Nowhere To Go: by Douglas Gordon at documenta 14, Athens (8 April – 16 July 2017), and at documenta 14, Kassel (10 June – September 2017).

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