Exhibition opening: Tuesday, 7 March 2023 at 7 PM
A demon roams through an ominous synthetic environment, reconstructed from satellite images of Russian air bases: Khmeimim in Syria, Baranovichi in Belarus, and Belbek in Ukraine. This parasitic force pervades the air bases, passing through their deserted corridors, interrogation rooms and electricity substations. Devastation follows in its wake. In this single-channel video installation, Engelhardt and Cinkevich use an unholy alliance of medieval demonology, open-source intelligence and CGI animation to uncover the hidden life of these military outposts. Over the course of the film, the true horror of Russian colonialism becomes manifest in the process of possession – the imposition of external control that gradually destroys an organism from within.
Production of the exhibition: Aksioma – Institute for Contemporary Art, Ljubljana, 2023
Supported by: Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Slovenia and Municipality of Ljubljana