Images of Labor: De/Occupation of Watching
A public program realized in the framework of To Watch the War: The Moving Image Amidst the Invasion of Ukraine (2014–2023)
Thursday, 12 October 2023, 18.00 hrs
Screening and conversation with filmmaker and activist Sashko Protyah
Register tickets here
The experimental film My Favorite Job (2022), by Sahsko Protyah, screened on this occasion, documents the labor and the idle moments of a volunteer group who evacuated residents from the city of Mariupol, besieged by Russian troops, in spring 2022. The film both highlights and examines the transversal struggle that crosses both class and warfare. Any documentation is made under extreme danger of getting killed at the hands of the occupying army, since said photo or video may contain evidence of war crimes. The first-hand videos of mass destructions that appear in the beginning of the film were recorded and carried out of Mariupol at the operators’ own risk.
Sashko Protyah is a member of Freefilmers, a diasporic cinemovement and NGO of filmmakers, artists, and activists working in solidarity with a broader network of grassroots humanitarian initiatives in the regions most afflicted by the war in Ukraine. Please consider joining BAK’s fundraising campaign to support Freefilmers here.
WORDS OF WELCOME
My Favorite Job (2022)
Sashko Protyah (online) and Olexii Kuchanskyi, moderated by Wietske Maas
DRINKS AND EXHIBITION VIEWING
All times are in CEST.
The Thursdays on which the public program takes place, the exhibition stays open until 21 hrs.
Also on these Thursdays, there is a curator-led tour of the exhibition To Watch the War: The Moving Image Amidst the Invasion of Ukraine (2014–2023) that precedes the public program at 17 hrs, given by Olexii Kuchanksyi. To register for the tour, please select it as an option when registering for the public program.
The public program as part of To Watch the War: The Moving Image Amidst the Invasion of Ukraine (2014–2023) is a series of hybrid off- and online conversations and screenings around discursive and artistic interventions that reimagine the social implications of watching the war—through ways that disrupt, subvert, and resist the normalization of antagonistic conditions that enable and facilitate wars. Convened by researcher and film programmer Olexii Kuchanskyi and moderated by BAK curator of research and publications Wietske Maas, this program, hosted in English, takes place at BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht and online on 28 September, 12 October, and 26 October 2023.