Svetlana Romanova and Chelsea Tuggle, Тарыҥ (The Season of Dying Water), 2022.

let’s all be lichen

FlahertyNYC presents
Films by Svetlana Romanova and Chelsea Tuggle, and Chris Marker

Admission starts at $5

November 10, 2022, 7pm
172 Classon Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11205

Join us at e-flux Screening Room on Thursday, November 10 at 7pm for Mutations, the fifth and closing program of the five-part series let’s all be lichen presented by FlahertyNYC and programmed by asinnajaq.


Starting with the same inspiration, building with a vastly different set of tools.

A hybrid discussion moderated by Jem Cohen with Svetlana Romanova, Chelsea Tuggle, and asinnajaq will take place on at 9:30pm EST. All are welcome to join via chat or video. Please register in advance here. 

Svetlana Romanova and Chelsea Tuggle, Тарыҥ (The Season of Dying Water)
2022, 63 minutes

Images of Siberia are often limited to exoticized portraits of rural communities living in harsh conditions, its residents often cast as provincial wanderers stuck in a different time. Aiming to visually describe a more grounded contemporary reality, The Season of Dying Water argues that life in and around Yakutsk is more complicated. Inspired by Chris Marker’s 1957 travelogue film Lettre de Sibérie, Тарыҥ offers an update 65 years later.

Chris Marker, Lettre de Sibérie (Letter From Siberia)
1957, 62 minutes

This early feature from Chris Marker is a key touchstone in the evolution of his distinctive essayistic style, in which he combines footage shot in the barren reaches of Siberia with his typically idiosyncratic musings. Animated mammoths, a humorous comparison of communist and capitalist values, and even a “commercial” for reindeer all feature in this alternately witty and philosophical travelogue that reveals as much about the history and culture of its subject as it does about the inner workings of its maker’s mind.

Total running time: 154 minutes. If you are not able to join in person, the films will be available for a 24-hour screening window, for the entirety of November 10 (midnight to midnight EST), from anywhere in the world, at​

let’s all be lichen is an Inukjuamiut’s response to 100 years of our namesake’s seminal film. Featuring the works of largely circumpolar (Inuk, Sámi, Evenk and Sakha) filmmakers, the series weaves together works by artists who have harnessed their own power and distinct voice through the moving image. The series shimmers with personal histories, the spiritual anthropocene, questions of agency, memory, and urbanization, as well as a fierce and love-filled reclaiming of the arctic imaginary. Read more on the series here.

About The Flaherty and FlahertyNYC
The Flaherty’s mission is to bring Socratic dialogue to the moving image, fostering collective inquiry, exchange, and introspection. Propelled by a desire to upend entrenched norms and unequal power dynamics, The Flaherty champions new models of nonfiction filmmaking, curating, and theorizing. The Flaherty cultivates an ever-expanding community of filmmakers, scholars, curators, and cinephiles around a shared belief in the transformative, world-building power of independent non-fiction cinema.
Since 2008, The Flaherty’s year-round programming has included FlahertyNYC (FNYC), an established film screening and discussion series held each spring and fall in New York City.  The series uses film to challenge the way we see the world and to foster critical dialogue about politics, art, and the moving image. FNYC is an opportunity for emerging curators to work with established mentors and engage with The Flaherty’s unique interactive programming model, exhibiting rarely seen films. The format seeks to break down traditional barriers between creators, scholars, critics, and the general public, fostering an expanded community around the creative process and facilitating in-depth discussions between some of the world’s finest filmmakers and diverse New York audiences.

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let’s all be lichen

Svetlana Romanova was born in Yakutsk, Russia and studied visual arts in Los Angeles. She has received her BFA from Otis College of Art and Design, and MFA from California Institute of the Arts. From 2009 to 2014, she studied, lived, and worked in arts education in California. After returning to Siberia in 2015, she started working on several film projects about her hometown and regions around it. Her video practice is an investigation of two local indigenous groups that she belongs to—Sakha and Even.

Chelsea Tuggle is a filmmaker and artist living in Los Angeles.

Chris Marker (1921-2012) was a cinematic essayist and audio-visual poet. After World War II, he worked as a writer, publishing his first book, Le coeur net, in 1949. In the 1950s, he turned to documentary filmmaking; among his many significant works from this period are Letter from Siberia, Cuba Si!, La Jetée, and Le Joli Mai. In the 1960s and 1970s, Marker was involved with SLON, a filmmaking collective dedicated to activist productions. He began making films under his own name again in 1977 with A Grin Without A Cat. During the ’80s and ’90s, Marker’s work included several films about fellow filmmakers, including One Day in the Life of Andrei Arsenevich (1999), an homage to his friend Andrei Tarkovsky. He also explored video and computer-generated imagery with a continued emphasis on the intersection between personal and political themes in films such as The Case of the Grinning Cat. An original voice in world cinema for over fifty years, Marker passed away on his 91st birthday, on July 29, 2012.

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