Contemporary History of Ukraine

Oksana Kazmina

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Mental Ecologies of War​ Contemporary History of Ukraine
Oksana Kazmina

February 15–March 15, 2023

Contemporary History of Ukraine is a performative walk that examines transpersonal landscapes of memories, and geographically situated ecologies of feelings across various Ukrainian localities. While the walk is mediated via digital environments (personal videos, recorded conversations, google maps, etc.), it is based on various footage and chats with different people with whom Kazmina has friendships, intimacies, partnerships, and shared walks. To a large extent, the walk consists of the footage of the documentary project Underwater on which Kazmina has been working since 2015. This documentary features three Ukrainian artists—Ksenia Platanova, Masha Pronina, Antigonna—who share their strategies of transforming their traumatic experiences into subversive artistic practices. From the nowadays’ perspective of Russia’s full-scale invasion, the work observes the chains and ruptures of collective digitized sensitivity, as well as fragile relations between bodies and territories that are neglected within the logic of informational warfare.*

This performance-screening is part of Infrastructures, Geographies, and Elemental Relations, the first of two chapters of the film program Mental Ecologies of War​, curated by Olexii Kuchanskyi and Elena Vogman. The second chapter of the program takes place at e-flux Screening Room on March 18, 2023. See the full program here.

*Contemporary History of Ukraine will start streaming as part of the online launch event on Wednesday, February 15, 2023 at 1pm ET, remaining online through March 15, 2023.

For more information, contact program@e-flux.com.

War & Conflict, Performance, Film, Data & Information
Ukraine, Memory, Friendship, Intimacy
Return to I. Infrastructures, Geographies, and Elemental Relations

Oksana Kazmina is a documentary filmmaker, media artist, and performer based in Ukraine and the US. Her interests lie in the relations between the body and digital moving images, critical queer practice, and situated geographies. In 2016–2017 Kazmina was assistant professor of film studies at Wesleyan, CT. Today she teaches video art at the college of Visual and Performing Arts at Syracuse University, NY. Together with Vasyl Tkachenko she initiated the music project Serviz Propav. Kazmina is also a member of Freefilmers, a cinemovement and NGO that promotes the decentralization of cultural processes and independent filmmaking, especially in Eastern Ukraine. Their latest projects focus on memories and archives beyond official historical narratives, and on gender violence in patriarchal capitalist society. Nowadays Freefilmers are engaged in building an activist and volunteer network of solidarity and support for Ukrainians who suffer from and fight against Russian imperialist aggression.


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