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Still from Double Exposure ©IngelVaikla

Still from Double Exposure ©IngelVaikla

Still from Double Exposure ©IngelVaikla

Still from Double Exposure ©IngelVaikla

Still from Double Exposure ©IngelVaikla

Still from Double Exposure ©IngelVaikla

Still from Double Exposure ©IngelVaikla

Double Exposure at Island of Multiple Bridges, HISK final show ©IngelVaikla

DOUBLE EXPOSURE

2020
  • Ingel Vaikla

HD video, 14’ , stereo sound

With Pasha Kozachenko, Roman Grabovskiy, Bogdan Grabovskiy and Yaroslav Fedchenko

Camera: Margarita Gasanova

Sound design: Simonluca Laitempergher

Colour grading: Lennert De Taeye

 

Archive material by Yevgeniy Abdulaevich, from Museum of City Slavutych and Central State CinePhotoPhono Archives of Ukraine named after H. Pshenychnyi

Slavutych is a city in northern Ukraine, built for the evacuated workers of Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in 1986-1988. During the construction of the city, architects and workers from Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Russia and Ukraine became involved. As a result, the city is divided into eight districts designed and named after the capitals of the eight contributing Soviet republics. Slavutych is the last atomic town, the last ideal city to have been built in Soviet Union.

The video Double Exposure is following group of young athletes who represent the generation born after the fall of socialism. We see them physically interacting with the shapes and forms offered by the diverse historically loaded cityscape. The dynamic exploration of the city is accompanied by soviet propaganda archive material from the days when the city was built and first opened for the public. The film reveals the confrontation between the town’s soviet past and its younger generation, contemporary millennials. How does the post soviet youth deal with the present when been surrounded by the remains from the failed past?