Ominous cinegrams of Albrecht Dürer’s Melencolia
print intercut, like cascading scythes, with depictions of a woman in a field, evoking repetitions that exist in harvest rituals, as well as in gestures of madness. Specters of familial anxieties creep into this loose take on the myth of Południca (noonwraith or Lady Midday), a Slavic harvest spirit that could cause madness in those who wandered the fields alone.
is a multimedia artist and writer whose work explores the transformative potential of apparatuses, memories and archives in the creation of societal myths and narratives. Of particular interest to her practice are stories that subvert dominant narratives and versions of history, especially those relating to post-Soviet identities. In her projects she explores complex notions of agency, belonging, identity, memory, representation and cultural heritage.
Her films have screened in venues and at film festivals nationally and internationally: Whitechapel Gallery, British Film Institute, Institute of Contemporary Arts London, Anthology Film Archives New York, Ann Arbor Film Festival, Experiments in Cinema, Antimatter [Media Art], Montreal Underground Film Festival, Alchemy Film and Moving Image Festival. She is the recipient of many international grants, namely Arts and Humanities Research Council, Arts Council of England (UK), New Mexico Arts, New Mexico Humanities Council, and the National Endowment for the Humanities (USA). She is also the author and editor of numerous books and articles on experimental media, including Visions of Avant-Garde Film (Indiana University Press) and the co-founder, with Sam Jury, of Disasters of Peace - a creative initiative that encompasses research, writing, making and curating. Her work is held in various online repositories and platforms, namely artinCINEMA archives, sofy.tv, Vimeo on Demand, and Ann Arbor District Library Michigan.