Dana Kavelina

2021, 35'

Two video channels can be seen in parallel on the split screen. In the first, people interviewed on the street talk about a particular memorial, believed to have been erected to commemorate a catastrophe. Their statements are incoherent, and it is difficult to form a clear picture of the memorial or the catastrophe that befell these people. In the parallel video channel, the artist climbs onto various monuments, feels them and interacts with them.

DANA KAVELINA, *1995 in Melitopol, graduated from the Department of Printing of Kyiv Polytechnic University. She works with text, painting, graphics, video and installation, and creates animated films. She brings an artistic component into civic activism and street protests. The subjects of her works are personal and historical trauma, vulnerability, and the perception of war outside mainstream narratives. Her animated film About Mark Lvovich Tulpanov, Who Talked to Flowers, which depicts the events of the military conflict in Donbas through the prism of personal tragedies, won a special jury prize the at the Odessa International Film Festival and an award at the international film festival KROK-2018.


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Dana Kavelina, Why There Are No Monuments to Monuments, 2021, 35'