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Red Tours

Red Tours
Collaboration with David Rych. 48 min, 2010.
A docu-fiction about statue parks and museums of communism. Citations from "Les statues meurent aussi" invoke a link between the colonialism that transformed African statues into museum objects and what happened in Eastern Europe after 1989. The story emerges through 3 perspectives: an authoritative critique of the current dismissals of communism as kitsch or terror, a subjective travel diary highlighting how natives have become tourists of their own history, and a direct cinema reportage told in the language of tourists. By juxtaposing multiple voices and styles, Red Tours seeks to question the politics of documentary.
“From age to age, as its shape slowly unraveled, Eastern Europe was already the land of enigmas. Red was already the color of hell, of sinful passions, and the blood of sacrifice. Frightened by their dark instincts and unspeakable desires, the West continues to project their own demons onto the East, as a way to exorcise them."
"I remember when I first saw these statues in their original locations. It was in the summer of 1991, when we made a pilgrimage together to the capitals of the former Iron Curtain. To me, they looked like grim phantoms from another world. I felt no connection with this gathering of ancestors, who were not my ancestors.
Presentations: Open Space (Vienna), Tulca Festival (Galway), (London), Galeria HIT (Bratislava), Arsenal (Berlin), NGBK/Kunstraum Kreuzberg Bethanien (Berlin).



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