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Jonas Mekas: 'A man possessed'


The 90 year-old Lithuanian born artist, Jonas Mekas whose films and photos are now the subject of an exhibition at the Serpentine Gallery in London, has also been called the world first blogger. Many of his films are accompanied by personal commentaries about events he witnessed.

He survived invasions of his native Lithuania by first the Russians and then Nazi Germany he emigrated to New York in 1949. Mekas was later to count amongst his friends Andy Warhol, John Lennon and Salvador Dali and Jackie Onassis.

Jonas Mekas told Today's reporter Mike Thomson: "I walked with my camera and only had brief moments in the day where I felt I needed to record this. I needed to find the essence."

On his latest film, he said: "I have a lot of film material, some if it I cannot incorporate. But now, decades later, it is time to do something with it otherwise it will just fade away." He added: "I am a man obsessed, possessed. When I finish my life, my work will be done."

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