To close this survey of the cinema of Salomé Lamas, the ICA presents two works from the Portuguese artist and filmmaker made in 2018, each exploring and creating space in peculiar, abstract, yet politically charged ways.
Hangar, Metro, Terminal, dir. Salomé Lamas, Portugal / Italy 2018, 23 min.
In an audio-visual piece designed for La Biennale di Venezia – Architettura, Lamas occasionally abstracts the shapes, creating ambiguous spaces on silent architectures.
Extinction (Extinção), dir. Salomé Lamas, Germany / Portugal 2018, 80 mins, Russian with English subtitles
Hypnotic and multilayered, Extinction meditates on the troubled borders of Eastern Europe with a melancholy lyricism. Shot in black-and-white, Salomé Lamas' essay film follows Kolya, a young man who is loyal to Transnistria – a Communist state that broke away from the former Moldavian Soviet Socialist Republic, yet is today unrecognized by the international community.
Mediating between dreamlike echoes of the Soviet past and Kolya's politically charged encounters in the present, the film slowly builds an associative, non-linear story of a landscape in which the borders between past and present remain unsettled.