So They Won’t Say We Don’t Remember, 2020, HD Video, 24 min.
This video work is about hidden and visible elements of the post-industrial landscape of Donbas—a historically significant area in eastern Ukraine. In the film, a group of young locals, artists, and curators set out on a long journey following one of the underground routes of the Novator mine, where, in 1977, an accident claimed the workers’ lives and ultimately led to the mine’s closure. The endpoint of the group procession is the monument to the dead miners located just above the site of the underground accident. During the parade, the group walks through the city, plowed fields, forests, courtyards, and bushes, highlighting the intimate relationship between people and land. The video also reminds the viewers of the glues, social and historical, that hold generations of community together.