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Peace Is War
Institute of Contemporary Arts
Letter to a Turtledove, dir. Dana Kavelina, Ukraine 2022, Russian with English subtitles

This program includes films spanning the period from the run-up to the Maidan uprising in Ukraine in 2013–14, to the full-scale Russian invasion of 2022. In various ways, these films explore the implicit mechanisms of violence, oppression and domination intrinsic to everyday life in modern society where elements of warfare have permeated all aspects of everyday, ‘peaceful’ life. Those include the mechanisms of class war and ecological devastation (Labor Safety in the Region of Dnipropetrovsk), gendered forms of oppression (Technical Break, Sisters), ‘soft power’ of the art institutions complicit with neo-colonialism (Incident in the Museum), and the psychological violence of mediatized warfare (Letter to a Turtledove). 

The program opens and closes with two of the very first filmic reflections on the ongoing Russian invasion: Peace and Tranquility, an experimental video play by Myro Klochko and Anatoliy Tatarenko, and Untitled by Hito Steyerl, an eerie update of her work The Tower that was produced in Ukraine in 2015. (Text by Oleksiy Radyinski)
Featuring work by Dana Kavelina, Myro Klochko and Anatoliy Tatarenko, Valentyna Petrova and Anna Scherbyna, Oleksiy Radynski, Mykola Ridnyi, Pylyp Sotnychenko, and Hito Steyerl.

Programmed in conversation with filmmaker Oleksiy Radyinski and writer and filmmaker Juliet Jacques.


Introduction by Juliet Jacques
Peace and Tranquility
Labor Safety in the Region of Dnipropetrovsk
Technical Break
Incident in the Museum
Letter to a Turtledove
Q&A with Oleksiy Radyinski and Juliet Jacques

All films are ad-free and 18+ unless otherwise stated, and start with a 10 min. curated selection of trailers.

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