Ştefan RUSU

curation / film programs

Reimagining the New Man

Location: Video Vortex XI Video in Flux: Art, Activism & Archives” Festival, Kochi-Muzeris, India
Period: 23-26 February 2017

Artists/Filmmakers:
Alla RUMEANTZEVA (TJ), Aytegin MURATBEK UULU (KG), Surayo TUICHIEVA (TJ), Alexandr NICOLAEV (UZ), Jamshed KHOLIKOV (TJ), Suleiman SHARIFI (TJ)

Curated by Stefan Rusu

The program was compiled based on the project “Reimagining the New Man/Practicing civic duties through social and visual media” curated by Stefan Rusu and organized in collaboration with Dushanbe Art Ground team from Tajikistan in 2014. Its aim was to understand, analyse and question civic engagement and participatory practices by means of social and visual media in contemporary Tajikistan.
“Reimagining the New Man/Practicing civic duties through social and visual media” was initiated by Stefan Rusu and was devised in collaboration with John Davis –media artists from S.Francisco, US.
The project concept was partly inspired by the principles of agitprop and mobility developed by A. Medvedkin and D. Vertov. The collected archival film material served as the basis for workshop activities, which centred on the idea of appropriation of found footage. The project included public program (lectures and film screenings) and hands-on workshop - in-depth exploration of the use of archival material (16mm, 35mm film) with participants from Central Asia (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan). Each participant produced a film based on the re-use of archival sources (propaganda films archive from the socialist era, fragments of new films, home movies or private archives, television and internet). The Film Workshop provided an opportunity for cross-cultural exchange between artists and students from Tajikistan, regional artists from Central Asian countries (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan), and the international guests tutors (John Davis (San Francisco, USA) and Mark Boswell (New York, USA) who have been invited to lead the workshop. Thus, the workshop participants created new video works based on a film script developed in the workshop and using materials from various archival sources (including the Dushanbe Art Ground’s film archive).

FILMS:

1. I MET A GIRL - a film by Alla RUMEANTZEVA - visual artist, TJ
2. WELCOME TO THE NEW COUNTRY - a film by Aytegin MURATBEK UULU - visual artist/sound artist, KG
3. GENERATION “NEXT” – a film by Surayo TUICHIEVA - visual artist, TJ
4. MANKIND – a film by Alexandr NICOLAEV - visual artist, UZ  
5. THE ENEMY, THE ADVERSARY, THE HOSTILE SOMEONE OR SOMETHING - a film by Jamshed KHOLIKOV - visual artist, TJ
6. DAY OF GROUNDHOG – a film by Suleiman SHARIFI – visual artist, TJ

Screenings:
“Video Vortex XI Video in Flux: Art, Activism & Archives” Festival, Cabral Yard, Fort Kochi & Mill
Hall, Mattancherry, India. As part of the Sristi Outpost: a collateral of the Kochi-Muzeris Biennial (23-26 February 2017)