Oleg Mavromatti, No Place For Fools, 2014. Courtesy the artist

Oleg Mavromatti, No Place For Fools, 2014. Courtesy the artist

Oleg Mavromatti, No Place For Fools, 2014. Courtesy the artist

Oleg Mavromatti, No Place For Fools, 2014. Courtesy the artist

Oleg Mavromatti, No Place For Fools, 2014. Courtesy the artist

Resurrecting the tradition of the holy fool, the film draws a shockingly critical portrait of Russia’s darkest side. Made entirely from YouTube footage from a Russia video blog, confessions are edited together to reveal how individual life is affected by politics in capitalist Russia. This real person, a gay man, who is also an Orthodox Christian pro-Putin activist, unfolds in a schizophrenic montage of monologues about food, love, consumerism, patriotism and illness. The ridiculed fool is offered a voice, denied to him by everyone else.

UK premiere. The screening is followed by a Q&A session with the film’s producer and editor Boryana Rossa.

Oleg Mavromatti (1965, Volgograd, Russia) is an artist and filmmaker. In 1995 he founded the independent film union SUPERNOVA, manifested as a fortress of Moscow radical cinema. Some films produced within the movement like The Green Elephant (1999) and Bastards (2000) became cult movies at that time and a decade later they inspired the appearance of Internet communities, which create and share fan memes based on these films daily. Mavromatti is also a prominent representative of radical performance art scene in 1990s Moscow.

Mavromatti has been legally prosecuted for his critical performance art and film work. His archive was confiscated in 2000 and he left Russia, since then he lives in Bulgaria and New York, where he continues making films and art. His work has been featured in numerous publications in monographs such as Rosyisky actionism 1990-2000 (Russian Actionism 1990-2000). He was a member of legendary Moscow performance art groups from the 1990s like ‘Expropriation of the Territory of Art’ and NECEZIUDIK.

Boryana Rossa is an interdisciplinary artist and curator working in the fields of electronic arts, film, video, performance and photography. In 2012 she completed her PhD on post-Cold War gender performances. Rossa is a director of Sofia Queer Forum with philosopher and activist Stanimir Panayotov. In Bulgaria, with artist and filmmaker Oleg Mavromatti, she established the international art collective ULTRAFUTURO, which focuses on the social, political and ethical impacts of technology on contemporary society. Works by the group have been shown at venues including Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; Akademie der Kunste, Berlin; Exit Art, New York and others.

No Place For Fools, dir: Oleg Mavromatti, Russia/Bulgaria, 2014, DCP, 82min + Q&A.

Opening Weekend Ticket Deal: 2 for the price of 1
On attending both of the films: Oleg Mavromatti: No Place For Fools and Ranu Ghosh: Quarter Number 4/11. Book tickets via Tyneside Cinema.

No Place for Fools
Oleg Mavromatti

£7.50/£6, book here

Sat 27 Feb, 5.30pm (82min + Q&A)

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