Mykola Ridnyi, ‘Regular Places,’ 2014-2015 ‘A Letter From the Front’ (Лист з фронту), 2022

Comings and goings of citizens in five public sites around Kharkiv are filmed from a static angle. Without a sense of context, the uneventful footage seems irreconcilable with the brutally violent conflict between pro-Ukrainian and pro-Russian activists that occurred here only months earlier. Rupturing the calm atmosphere, audio excerpts extracted from online videos have been overlaid on top of the footage; shouts of threats, warnings, abuse and intimidation echo across indifferent scenes, in a forced confrontation between recent traumatic memories and a present state of collective denial.

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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Thread:
Politics of Speech and Silence
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Date:
09/05 2022
Season:
04
Episode:
01
Type:
Artwork
Credits:
Mykola Ridnyi
‘Regular Places,’ 2014-2015
Single-channel video, color, sound
15 min 23 sec
Courtesy the artist
SDGs
  • Peace, justice and strong institutions