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Artist: Iliya Chichkan & Kyrill Protsenko

The triptych projected at the ground floor level of Casa Ciriza is a montage of archival films that once functioned as introductory propaganda trailers in Soviet cinema screenings. Iliya Chichkan and Kyrill Protsenko researched Kyiv’s National Film Archive to locate reels classified according to international delegations, fashion, sport, and culture. Employing industrial journalism, the artists explore the Orwellian trailer film as a staged documentary shot outside capitalist consumer consumption and broadcast television. The work questions the credibility of what is considered news against what is staged appearance and naked reality. Taking into account that experimental filmmakers of the 1920s such as Eisenstein and Dovzhenko were employed by Stalin’s cultural apparatus, the work brings to the forefront images that appeal not only to nostalgia, but also raise questions about modes of production. Accompanied by music remixed by Soviet electronics pioneer Artemiv, the film adheres to Eisenstein’s ideas that film, as a medium, is not a timeless absolute but a cluster of historically contingent materials.

Exhibitions

Manifesta 5 | 2004.06.11 - 2004.09.30 | Arteleku(San Sebastián, Spain) | Casa Ciriza(San Sebastián, Spain) | Koldo Mitxelena(San Sebastián, Spain) | Kubo Kutxa Kursaal | Museo San Telmo(San Sebastián, Spain) | Ondartxo(San Sebastián, Spain) | San Sebastián | Soto del Aquarium(San Sebastián, Spain)

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