Memorial

In ‘Memorial’ (2016) the anonymous male statue is both fulfilling its inherent role as a memorial for the fallen soldiers of World War One and an imaginary embodiment of Maximova’s estranged father. The subtitles in the film portray her father, as constructed from her mother’s memory. While the statue functions as a canvas for the given characteristics, the descriptions simultaneously render a face to the otherwise forgotten soldiers. Similar to the statue, the social blocks in ‘Memorial’ function as a reminder of a collective memory of the communist era whether in the once Soviet occupied Marzahn (Berlin) where the film is recorded or in the similar looking suburbs in Moskou where Maximova grew up right after the Soviet dissolution..
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Installation picture by Alexandra Colmenares Cossio