Gaze and Power: Individual Experience in the Reconstruction of Historical Events

Saturday 13 April 2019, 19:00 hrs
Location: Stroom, Hogewal 1-9, The Hague
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Admission: free
Language spoken: English

This evening is part of Hybrid Peace by Visual Culture Research Center (Kyiv, Ukraine).

Screening and talk by photographer, anthropologist and film critic Yuriy Hrytsyna (Ukraine).

Varta1, Lviv, Ukraine (2015) is an attempt to reconstruct the atmosphere and the reactions at the end of the Euromaidan, when activists in Lviv started performing law enforcement functions. The film uses the activist patrols' walkie-talkie communications to ask questions about the nature of the revolution. What is self-organization? How is democracy created? Who decides on punishment? Where are the center and the periphery of the revolution? Where does it start and end? A brief power vacuum turns into the moment of greatest potentiality, when the beliefs of the past and the strategies for the future are discussed. The film tries to look at the mundane spaces of the city, to understand whether the historical and revolutionary uncertainty is still there. But the most radical solution is its visual imagery, through which Yuriy Hrytsyna represents the operating principles of memory rather than actual events.

Yuriy Hrytsyna was born in Lviv (Ukraine). He is a photographer, anthropologist and film critic. Currently living in Berlin.

Hybrid Peace is made possible through the generous support of: Mondriaan Fund, The City of The Hague, Prince Claus Fund for Culture and Development.

'Varta1, Lviv, Ukraine', film still
Hybrid Peace emblem by Uliana Bychenkova, animation by Oleksiy Romanenko (Ukraine)
'Varta1, Lviv, Ukraine', film still