Lesia Khomenkо, ‘Self-portrait,’ 2013 ‘A Letter From the Front’ (Лист з фронту), 2022

The stop-motion animation is based on a painted self-portrait. While painting her face, the artist kept changing the eyes: initially open and staring insolently at the viewer, they gradually dropped shut with sleep. Having collected 1,500 shots for the video, she painted the completed self-portrait over with white paint, transforming the canvas into a screen for the video projection. The work was inspired by exhausting attempts to put her young daughter to bed: they both pretended to fall asleep while peeking at one another. This temporal processuality steeped in personal experience is transposed onto the processuality of an artistic medium: the painting loses its traditional material medium, leaving nothing but memories of itself.

This programme A Letter From the Front was originally commissioned and produced by Castello di Rivoli Museo d’Arte Contemporanea, Rivoli-Turin, after the invasion of Ukraine in February 2022. It is curated by Nikita Kadan with Giulia Colletti.

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Politics of Speech and Silence
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09/05 2022
Lesia Khomenkо
‘Self-portrait,’ 2013
Single-channel video, color, sound
7 min 33 sec
Courtesy the artist
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