Taking a collaborative approach, Polonyna (working title) combines observational and direct cinema style with staged performance and elements of documentary-essay. Khrystyna Bunii travels solo across remote south-west Ukraine in pursuit of her amateur ethnographic research. As she encounters villagers and digitises their family photo archives, conversations and interconnections emerge. Conducting visual research into the trans-national region of Hutsulshchyna, Bunii pursues a political practice of self-narration from the margins of representation. The sequences of this poetic journey do not simply elucidate the history of the region, but rather call for an associative labour from ethnographer and spectator alike.
more to come ~
The Close River will be showing on BEAST Film Festival in Porto, March 2021.
This Spring 🤞🏻 WET will host a dialogic field recording workshop as part of Field Recordings, WORM.
This Summer 🤞🏻 WET will host a workshop as part of Affairs – a three-day practice and research programme initiated by anorak and realised in cooperation with Württembergischer Kunstverein, Kunstbüro der Kunststiftung Baden-Württemberg, and HuM-Base in Stuttgart.
MERZ Residency, Sanquhar, Scottland
The Close River showing online on the Slow Film Festival, UK
WET run a workshop on collective filmmaking for the Piet Zwart Masters Fine Arts students @ de Player, Rotterdam
Nie-pokoje, Gdańska Galeria Miejska
The Close River, RET Rotterdam
WET Lounge#3, TENT Rotterdam
Khrystyna Bunii: Practising Punk Ethnography, Leeszaal Rotterdam West
Suchego przestwór oceanu, BWA Bydgoszcz