Jana Bachynska


Camaraderie Sect (Tovarystvo secta) is a story about a group of eccentric friends who live in a shared space. Their daily routine consists of audio hallucinations, which are messages from a future where a queer utopia has evolved. These voices belong to experts who describe the upcoming reality from various positions and fields, such as economics, architecture, motherhood, biochemistry, politics, literature, and others. The hallucinations trigger a reaction that the performers understand as a direct action to achieve an inclusive future. The visual aesthetic of the film is situated in the canon of post-Soviet admiration of decadence, which conflicts with the bright visions of the future by the characters.

JANA BACHYNSKA, *1991 in Lviv, is a Lviv-based artist and queer director. He graduated from the Department of Philosophy at Taras Shevchenko National University in 2013 and from the Department of Multimedia at the Academy of Arts in Szczecin, Poland, in 2019. He seeks reactions to aggressive conservatism and traditionalist paranoia and explores public space by intervening in existing elements and adding to them.


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Jana Bachynska, Camaraderie Sect, 2020, 34'