Monuments and Other Things that Change. Several Attempts at Titling a Photograph. A Film in the Works

The film departs from a found, untitled, uncredited image of a Lenin monument in the Kyrgyz Republic’s capital Bishkek. Drawing on original, literary, and found texts, I gave this photograph four different titles and possible stories. These readings infused the photograph with narratives of displacement, rupture, longing, homemaking and homecoming. The film evolved over three years, shaped by the annexation of Crimea and falling Lenin monuments all over Ukraine in 2013.

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