Gorodets: a Museum of Muted Talks is an archeological inquiry into the disappearance of thousands of villages in the centuries-old backlands of Russia.
The project collects images and conversations in an attempt to re-construct or 're-invent' a reality no longer inhabited by humans, where the camera works as a lonely, posthumous eyewitness. 'Gorodets' means little town in Russian and represents countless unpeopled places that soon will be erased from the map. The installation presents a film as if it were a painting, but one in need for a gaze and an engagement of the spectator, who has to actively sculpt the film and put into motion the voices of the past and the muteness of the present.
Production: Niko Hafkenscheid & Valentina Stepanova — Co-production: workspacebrussels, IDFA Doclab Academy, A Kind of Space — With support from: the Flemish Community Commission (VGC)