The Sun Shines in Kiev, 2006

The Sun Shines in Kiev develops the biography of Vladimir Shevchenko, an Ukrainian filmmaker, starting from the moment he decided to film the nuclear power plant’s accident in Chernobyl in 1986. Part of the information, collected through interviews, on the life of Vladimir Shevchenko, contradicts each other. Since the Chernobyl disaster the official information has been modified in relation to the interests of the various governments. The artist uses these contradictions in the reconstruction of the biography to show how history shaped the individual memories. In The Sun Shines in Kiev most of the footage in question is missing. The music has been specially made by the artist together with the electronic musician FRAME from sounds recorded by V. Shevchenko at the nuclear power plant in 1986.

Rossella Biscotti, The Sun Shines in Kiev, 2006
Rossella Biscotti, The Sun Shines in Kiev, 2006
slide installation, 240 slides, 3 projectors, looped
edition of 3 + A/P

The slides have been cut from 16mm film footage. Filmed by a reporter during the first day of the incident at the nuclear power plant in Chernobyl, these images captured the invisible radiation, visible in the white spots that appear on some of the slides. While they are creating a visible proof of the radiation present, these de-contextualized images question the idea of the document.
Rossella Biscotti, The Sun Shines in Kiev, 2006
Rossella Biscotti, The Sun Shines in Kiev, 2006
slide installation, 240 slides, 3 projectors, looped
edition of 3 + A/P
Rossella Biscotti, The Sun Shines in Kiev, 2006
Rossella Biscotti, The Sun Shines in Kiev, 2006
still from video on digital file and exhibition copy on DVD, 18’
ed. 5 + 2 A/P
Rossella Biscotti, The Sun Shines in Kiev, 2006
Rossella Biscotti, The Sun Shines in Kiev, 2006
Poster
120 x 85 cm, framed, mounted on wall with hinges
design: Louis Lühti

The poster reveals the process of the project The sun shines in Kiev. The front part develops a visual connection between different images related with the research. The backside shows a series of emails between different organizations and the artist that is trying to gather disappeared historical footage material.