Commission. 16mm film transfer to HD video, 6'; photo collage, book. Arsenal exhibition hall of Latvian National Museum of Art, Riga, 2020
The story of a film “Commission” starts in Georgia at some unknown point of time where a heroic, mythical female character has written a book which is being delivered by a courier (the artist herself) to three powerful women. The content of a book is hidden within an existing book – “The Knight in the Panther’s Skin” written by Medieval Georgian poet Shota Rustaveli who dedicated the book to 12th century Queen Tamar who at the time brought prosperity and many social changes in the country. Being used as a secret shell or a reference to female power from the past, the freshly embedded content of a book serves as manifesto to the women who haven’t been equally appreciated due to history books still being written from male perspective. The book offers alternative gaze to a world history which can exist only in utopian science-fiction film commissioned and executed by females only.
Shot in significant Soviet era architecture monuments (by that referring to Soviet time failed gender equality propaganda), using sacral gestures and scenes once associated with B class sci-fi movies, the film serves as humorous, yet rebellious propaganda material of female role and emerging power.
Work was commissioned by Latvian Centre of Contemporary Art and exhibited in two exhibitions:
January-February 2020, "Unexpected Encounters". Arsenal exhibition hall of Latvian National Museum of Art, Riga, Latvia
December 2019. "Cosmic Existence. Unexpected Encounters"den Frie, Copenhagen, Denmark
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