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Remember the Smell of Mariupol

Experimental film

Ukraine, Austria, 2022

4 minutes 33 seconds

Credits

Shooting, editing: Zoya Laktionova

Producer: Zoya Laktionova

Text translation: Julia Kolesnik

Artist and photographer Zoya Laktionova talks about her 2 months of experience abroad in a state of two realities. The video interacts with two landscapes in the same space of the video work. The work uses archival family photos of the artist and texts written in the first weeks of the war. The work absorbs one landscape into another, but it is difficult to understand what kind of landscape this act carries out.

Garry Kraievets, curator

Synopsis:

Director Zoya Laktionova talks about her 2 months of experience abroad in a state of two realities. Her documentary essay interacts with two landscapes in the same space of the video work. The work uses archival family photos of the artist and texts written in the first weeks of the war. The work absorbs one landscape into another, but it is difficult to understand what kind of landscape this act carries out.

Logline:

Full-scale war and forced evacuation force the director to find herself between two worlds: in one, the city of her childhood and people are destroyed, in the other, nothing happens, but any landscapes begin to resemble home.

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Exhibitions

2023 - Videocity St. Pölten – City exhibition trail “Utopia Today“ (Austria)

2023 - Deadline Ukraine, Kino REX, Bern (Switzerland)

2023 - Sun, sun, illuminate the shadows!, Lisbon (Portugal)

2023 - Motorenhalle, Dresden (Germany)

2022-23 - Zoya Laktionova: Remember the Smell of Mariupol, Jozef Kollár Gallery, Banská Štiavnica (Slovakia)

2022 - VILLA MÜLLER, Feldkirch (Austria)

2022 - Salzburg Summer Academy, (Austria)

2022 - Give Me Tomorrow, Corner of Conceptica, Lisbon (Portugal)

2022 - Give Me Tomorrow, Mitchell Art Gallery, Edmonton (Canada)

Filmfestivals

2023 - Go Short – International Short Film Festival, Nijmege (Netherlands)

2023 - Sehsüchte - International Student Film Festival, Potsdam (Germany)

2022 - Ukrainian Film Festival Berlin (Germany)

2022 - Filma. Feminist Film Festival (Ukraine)

2022 - Wiz-Art Lviv International Short Film Festival (Ukraine)

Screenings

2023 - MUMOK, Vienna (Austria)

2023 - Let's talk about something else, Barriera, Turin (Italy)

2023 - Remember the Smell of Mariupol​ - Oldenburgisches Staatsteater (Germany)

2023 - Re : covering horizons, Bremen (Germany)

2023 - 365 Days of full-scale War in Ukraine - Visual Diary, Innsbruck (Austria)

2023 - Her Docs Forum, Warsaw (Poland)

2022 - Cité internationale des arts, Paris (France)

Publications

2023 - Notebook, Issue 2 - Ukrainian poet Natalka Bilotserkivets and filmmaker Zoya Laktionova talk about life and art during wartime. Printed magazine. Language: english.

2023 - MUBI | In Conversation with Natalka Biloserkivets and Zoya Laktionova

2023 - Artalk.cz - Zoya Laktionova v Galérii Jozefa Kollára

2022 - A conversation with Zoya Laktionova - ON MARIUPOL, MEMORY AND LIFE IN TWO REALITIES

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