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Video Installation 'Moscow-NYC' by Naum Medovoy as Part of Skip Intro

We're excited to announce our screening of the video installation 'Moscow - NYC' by artist and filmmaker Naum Medovoy (b. 1937, Odessa), which was presented as part of  his exhibition 'The Last March' last year at the Moscow MOMA.
Naum Medovoy (b. 1937, Odessa) is an artist and documentary filmmaker. He’s perhaps best known for his 1973 film 'The Missing' ('The Last March'), which combines World War II archival photographs and film from the Central Documentary Archive, located near Moscow, with his own 35mm footage to reveal the fate of Soviet soldiers in World War II, captured as prisoners of war. Soviet surrender codes at the time stipulated it was better to die than be held in enemy captivity, thus large swaths of servicemen in camps were deemed missing in action and left to die. When they did return to the USSR, they were considered traitors and sent to Gulag work camps. These men are considered something of a lost generation.

Moscow-NYC | Naum Medovoy | 2017 | Trailer

Decades later, Medovoy’s 1973 film became the focal point of his six-channel video installation 'The Last March' (2017) and its titular Moscow Museum of Modern Art (MMOMA) exhibition. The work combines footage from the film with contemporary street scenes shot in London and New York, two cities that both play a role in Medovoy’s life. He immigrated to the USA in the late 1970s.

It is this exhibition documentation at MMOMA that we see in 'Moscow – NYC' (2017), intercut with footage from 'The Last March's various channels. Spliced together into a seamless, one-channel whole intended for theatrical screenings, 'Moscow – NYC' functions as a tribute to Medovoy's personal history and artistic research, which extends over four decades and challenges conventional representations of the collective past, while investigating the present context in which war history is being remembered and transformed.

In the context of 'SKIP INTRO', EEP Berlin’s first group exhibition, Medovoy is seen as an important influence for a generation of younger, Eastern European photographers.


Art Stalker | Kaiser-Friedrich-Str.-67 | 10627 Berlin 28 October 2018 | 18:00 | Free entrance


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