Recent films of New York based artist Anton Ginzburg, known for his investigations into historical narratives and poetic studies of place, representation and post-Soviet identity. Including the 35-minute Turo (2016) and a programme of short films: Constructivist Drift (2016), Displacements(2015), Pan (2014), and Cut (2014). Followed by a Q&A with curator Will Strong.

Anton Ginzburg, (b.1974 Saint Petersburg, Russia) is a New York–based artist and filmmaker who received a classical arts education in the USSR before immigrating to the United States in 1990. He earned a BFA from The New School for Social Research in 1997 and MFA degree from Bard College, Milton Avery Graduate School of Arts, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York. His art has been shown at the fifty-fourth Venice Biennale, Blaffer Art Museum at the University of Houston, Palais de Tokyo in Paris, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, NYFF/Projections, IFFR, MIEFF, Rencontres Internationales, SAAG in Canada, and the first and second Moscow Biennales.

The Programme: 

Turo, 2016 35 minutes, sound, digital video Turo (“Tower” in Esperanto) is a film exploring post-Soviet geography and Constructivist architecture. It is made up four chapters and an introduction-index. Each chapter is exploring a different Constructivist building as a stage for past utopias. Modernity could be interpreted as an updated Tower of Babel project where the universal tongue would have been imposed over the rest of the world. It still resonates deeply with contemporary culture, but today it exists as an archive of ruins, the record of fragmentation.

Constructivist Drift, 2016 5 minutes, sound, digital video Constructivist Drift is based on the writings of Ivan Chtcheglov Formularly for a New Urbanism, 1953, a poetic manifesto published by Situationist International as a response to the advancement of Modernism, and its confrontation with the human dimension of the city.

Displacements, 2015 5 minutes, digital video (originally 16mm film), no sound Displacements is an homage to American artists Robert Smithson and Nancy Holt and their seminal film Swamp, which viscerally confronts issues of perception and process.

Pan, 2014 6 minutes, digital video (originally 16mm film)

Cut, 2014 7 minutes, HD video Films Pan (2014) and Cut (2014) explore the genealogy and interactions of reproduction technologies from 16mm film to video formats. They examine variations of the mechanical gaze and its disembodiment in relation to the architectural representation and historical context. The hybrid aura offers an interplay and reconsideration of temporal and spatial relationships.

The event is curated by Katya Chitova.

  • Date: 01 October 2017
  • Zilkha Auditorium Whitechapel Gallery 77-82 Whitechapel High St London E1 7QX
  • Time: 3 p.m.
  • Tickets: £9.50 - £7.50