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Krisis is a reenactment of a facebook discussion among Russian and Ukrainian artists, which took place in December 2013 upon the tear-down of the statue of Lenin in Kiev during the early stages of the Maidan protests. The discussion unfolds at a pivoting point in history. In fact, it occurs at the very moment when history bursts into the scene as a force surpassing individual actors. Krisis should also be understood here as trial or judgment, where twelve jurors debate the meaning of the historical event but fail to pass a verdict. Just as with Pilate’s judgment of Jesus, the decision is not reached and the trial takes on “a continuous and implacable course, an incessant passing and progress through time” (Agamben, "Pilate and Jesus"). The historical crisis is bound to last like trauma in psychoanalysis: separated from its original context, it reappears in pathological forms in every sphere and at every moment.

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2015, 32 min, 2K video, Russian dialogue with English subtitles

Written, directed, and edited by

Dimitri Venkov


Andrey Rogozhin

Liudmila Khallilulina

Maria Kresina

Anton Fedorov

Anton Figurovskiy

Sergey Gilev

Ekaterina Alikina

Alexandr Shugarov

Evgeniy Kozlov

Dmitri Sarancha

Anton Bebin

Yulia Chepurnova


Director of photography

Pavel Filkov

Sound mixing

Oleg Schloss

Color grading

Evgeny Gvozdev


Assistant director

Daniil Zinchenko

Line producer

Anna Brandush

Realised with the support of Triumph gallery Moscow 


Screenplay based on a Facebook discussion of December 8th 2013

2016©Dimitri Venkov



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