Dimitri Venkov

Miziano300pxWas born in Moscow. Dimitri Venkov is a video artist and filmmaker working across art, film, and academic institutional contexts. In 2012 he received the Young Artist Kandinsky Prize for his film Mad Mimes. He was nominated for the Moscow Innovation Prize and St. Petersburg Kuryokhin Prize. Dimitri is a professor of videoart at Moscow Rodchenko School of Photography and Multimedia and has lectured at Yale University, Moscow State University, Moscow Art and Multimedia Museum.


Krisis is a reenactment of a facebook discussion among Russian and Ukrainian artists, which took place in December 2013 upon the tear-down of the statue of Lenin in Kiev during the early stages of the Maidan protests. The discussion unfolds at a pivoting point in modern history. In fact, it occurs at the very moment when History bursts into the scene as a force surpassing individual actors and dragging them into its course in an indefinite capacity somewhere between that of a witness and participant. Krisis should also be understood here as trial or judgment, where twelve jurors debate the meaning of the historical event but fail to pass a verdict. Just as with Pilate’s judgment of Jesus, the decision is not reached and the trial takes on a continuous and implacable course, an incessant passing and progress through time. The historical crisis is bound to last like trauma in psychoanalysis: separated from its original context, it reappears in pathological forms in every sphere and at every moment.