2021; HD-video, 16:9: stereophonic audio; 05:35
By Elias Parvulesco, Theta Tsybulnyk Music: Maryana Klochko Camera: Theta Tsybulnyk, Elias Parvulesco, Andrii Krainiuk, Mykhailo BabkinPerformers: Andriy Krainyuk, Mykhailo Babkin Voices: Svitlana Redchenko, Mykyta Rudachenko, Olesia Hubska Based on interviews with the Soledar community, including Viktoria Hubanova, Artem Rudnev, Maksym Trubachov, Andrii Krainiuk, and Olena Babkina Our deep gratitude to Mykhailo Kulishov, Natalia Tyschuk, and Kateryna Filiuk for organizing the project. Made during IZOLYATSIA’s Grounding short-term art residency programme with the support of the Ukrainian Cultural Fund, 2021
The work explores the influence of terrestrial and subterranean landscapes on imagination and the unconscious.The project began as a series of interviews recorded in June 2021 with residents of Soledar (Donetsk Region, Ukraine). They shared their perception of the steppe, dreams of their hometown's nature, its animals and landscapes, as well as the symbolic meanings of salt in the monotown known primarily for its salt industry.Combining these documentary stories with contemplation of the terrestrial and underground landscapes that reflect the town's industrial past, this video tries to identify the influence of local lore mythology and geological features on the formation of identity and the idea of the "sublime".
Public screenings:from 02.12.2021 till 15.01.2022 at the IZONE, Kyiv25.03.2022 at the Glasgow Short Film Festival, Glasgowfrom 12.04.2022 at the antiwarcoalition.art website06.07.2022 at film program Someone Else’s Story as part of the It’s About Life program curated by Tatiana Kochubinska at ZKM | Center for Art and Media, Karlsruhe, Germany17.09.2022 at Non-human agents during the war, one-day exhibition with Antiwarcoalition.art at Documenta fifteen, documenta-Halle, Instar Square, Kassel, Germany18.09—18.12.2022 as a part of 'To Watch the War — The Moving Image Amidst the Invasion of Ukraine (2014–2022)' exhibition curated by Olexii Kuchanskyi and Oleksiy Radynski at Coalmine — Raum für Fotografie, Winterthur, Switzerland15.01—26.02.2023 as a part of exhibition from international coalition of cultural workers in solidarity with Ukraine (aka antiwarcoalition.art) in Dymchuk Gallery, Kyiv19.01.2023 at the Agitate gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK