HOMO SOVIETICUS / 2014
"Homo Sovieticus" (2013-2014) initially sought to document existing Lenin monuments to understand why they remained and what purpose they were now serving in Ukraine. The locations selected for the project spanned from Kiev through Kharkiv and Donetsk, and ended in Mariupol. After Maidan protests in Kiev many of the documented statues were destroyed. Now, with frozen conflict in Eastern Ukraine, "Homo Sovieticus" acquired new dimensions. Structured as a filmic essay, it attempts to reframe Soviet political history through social mythology, contemporary nationhood struggle, and early science fiction. Using Esperanto narration based on A. Bogdanov's book "Red Star: The First Bolshevik Utopia" written in 1909, the video uncannily conflates documentary and fictional political realities. Without naming names it alludes to annexation of Crimea, while blurring boundaries between patriotism and radicalization, idealism and violence.