Anna Bitkina

Through her curatorial practice Anna Bitkina aims to contribute to the academic analysis on of socio-political processes that occurred in Russia and the post-soviet territories after the collapse of the Soviet Union. In her projects she researches the local and global implications of accelerated capitalism in the region. Her projects are often complex, durational, and multidisciplinary in structure; they unite artists, scholars, architects, designers, policymakers, politicians, active citizens, and educators who come together and work in close collaboration. In these projects Anna also explores the changing role of cultural workers, the possibilities of creative practices, and the agency of artists in different social spheres.

Screening #2

Performing Words, Uttering Performance

The changing role and function of language before and after the “transition” cannot be discussed without considering the dimension of authoritarian speech acts in the last phase of socialism. Anthropologist Alexei Yurchak shares the observation that during the authoritarian speech act, sign and reference, language and gesture, word and action merge into each other. This thesis is the foundation for an understanding of the variety of linguistic and performative experiments in post-socialist video art. The curators will focus on video works that reflect upon shifts in language and meaning and employ diverse silent, verbal, performative, activist, and other strategies to discuss collective and personal memory, identity, power relations, gender roles, and socio-political change.

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