00:29:45, HD 2-Channel Video
…in “Despair” the situation becomes more complex in the shock between the human being and nature. We see in the inhospitable environment of a frozen landscape, completely white, bodies that move and try, in a weird choreography, to be adjusted to nature generating extremely well composed images in the formal direction, emphasized for the quality of the photograph in black and white. In the apparent calm of the frozen forest the disorder approaches with the arrival of the human group and their fine twigs as an impossible disguise.In the almost empty landscape they dislocate through the space, sometimes between thin trees that are intercalated with images of the forest, in different plans and compositions, almost without any movement. The suspense of the track does not correspond to the movements and to the actions that we see in the image, generating much uneasiness since everything seems to oscillate between drama and almost the comedy. The ways to articulate the supposed narrative, the tensions of the edition and the track form a multiple set that points out with respect to one total opening in the directions of the image.
How to disguise yourself in the middle of the nature, how to survive? And the crows? Do they fly or only hide us from the momentaneous possibility of being able to fly higher, to escape, to disappear in the middle of the immense sky? There is a strange ambiguity in the images, perhaps a trace that approaches the works of Galina Myznikova & Sergey Provorov of the vanguards.
(excerpt from “New Russian Vanguards”, Eduardo de Jesus, curator of project “Imagem Pensamento”, Brasil)