Roee Rosen, <i>Buried Alive Group Videos: Historical Joke #3</i>, 2013. Courtesy the artist


Sat 27 – Sun 28 February 2016

The Festival opening weekend includes the UK premiere of three major international films alongside artists’ talks and performances. The Festival exhibition is also open from 12–6pm during the weekend.

Following its premiere at the Berlin Documentary Forum, we present the Tel Aviv-based artist Roee Rosen’s major performance work Buried Alive at BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art on Saturday 27 February. This witty satire is at once an absurd fable, a political allegory, and an artifact of paranoia in which the childlike avatar of Vladimir Putin is murdered by animated objects. Featuring live music by Udi Bonen (piano) and Inbar Livne (Soprano) alongside screenings from the 'Buried Alive Group’, a collective of ex-Soviet artists who disavowed the culture around them. Tickets are selling fast and available direct from AV Festival here.

The two Festival opening films both powerfully focus on how individual life is affected by capitalist society. No Place For Fools by radical Russian performance artist Oleg Mavromatti is a critical portrait of politics in capitalist Russia, whilst Quarter Number 4/11 by Ranu Ghosh is about human displacement and resilience amidst accelerated capitalism in India today. Including Q&As with the directors and producers of the films.

No Place For Fools is made entirely from YouTube footage from an extraordinary Russia video blog. The confessions of this real person (a gay man, who is also an Orthodox Christian pro-Putin activist) are edited together in a schizophrenic montage of monologues about food, love, consumerism, patriotism and illness. Tickets available now.

Quarter Number 4/11 is sited at the South City Project in Calcutta (Eastern India’s largest mixed-use real estate development). Forced to evacuate his land, factory worker Shambhu Prasad Singh refuses to take volunteer retirement and as an act of resistance continues to live in staff quarter number 4/11 with his family, as development rises around them. Tickets available now.

Durational gallery-based performances take place on Sunday 28 February with Haim Sokol presenting a live reading of a text work reflecting the ongoing post-Holocaust politics of exclusion and racism in society today; and Tim Brennan reads from the personal diary of his walk along the route of the Jarrow Crusade. Both are FREE admission, no booking required.

The Opening Weekend also includes talks with exhibiting artists Claire Fontaine, Dan Perjovschi, R.E.P., Haim Sokol, Hugo Canoilas and Pallavi Paul. All talks are FREE admission, no booking required.

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