I Had Nowhere To Go

by Douglas Gordon

Douglas Gordon (* 1966) is one of the most important contemporary 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.

The accompanying publication presents a selection of film stills along with text excerpts from Jonas Meka’s accounts.

Accompanies the exhibition ‘I HAD NOWHERE TO GO by Douglas Gordon’, 8 Apr – 16 Jul 2017, Documenta 14, Athens; 10 Jun – Sep 2017, Documenta 14, Kassel.

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