MON CHÉRI SOVIETIQUE
The film is made of hundreds of photographs telling a story of the last Soviet soldiers leaving Poland in 1990s. The focus of the work is the figure of a soldier — who is not fighting on the war front, but takes off his uniform in front of a camera. The author of "Mon chéri Soviétique" supplements photographs from the past with contemporary film material in which he reenacts past events.
Karol Radziszewski (b. 1980, Poland) works with film, photography, painting, installations and creates interdisciplinary projects. His archive-based methodology, crosses multiple cultural, historical, religious, social and gender references. He is founder of the Queer Archives Institute. His work has been presented in institutions such as the Museum of Modern Art, Zacheta National Gallery of Art, CCA Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw; Whitechapel Gallery, London; Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna; New Museum, New York; VideoBrasil, Sao Paulo; Tokyo Photographic Art Museum; Museum of Contemporary Art Metelkova, Ljubljana; National Museum of Contemporary Art, Bucharest; Kunsthaus Graz; Ludwig Museum, Budapest; Museum of Contemporary Art, Zagreb; Wroclaw Contemporary Museum, NOMUS New Art Museum, Gdansk; Museum of Contemporary Art, Cracow and Muzeum Sztuki in Lodz. He has participated in several international biennales including PERFORMA 13, New York; 14th Baltic Triennial, 7th Göteborg Biennial; and 15th WRO Media Art Biennale. His films have been screened at the T-Mobile New Horizons International Film Festival, Wroclaw (2014, 2012); Millennium Docs Against Gravity Film Festival, Warsaw (2022, 2019, 2013); BFI Flare: London LGBTIQ+ Film Festival (2014) and International Short Film Festival Oberhausen (2011); among others.