• Installation: A Dedication to Rembrandt. Video №1. A Soldier’s Fate

    Artist:
    Alexander Sokurov: concept and video installation
    Technique:
    Projection onto an easel carrying a drawing board
    Dimensions:
    350 × 200 cm

Installation: A Dedication to Rembrandt. Video №1. A Soldier’s Fate

2019

The focus is on the last moment in a man’s life. The scene shows two men dying, being burnt alive. Their faces are depersonalized, unrecognizable, but the actual process is painfully clear. These are images of war, where human life ceases to have value. Signs and symbols come to the fore. The director castigates the impersonal attitude to people as cannon fodder, as the most fearsome flag that gets raised when there is nothing else to say and all other methods no longer affect viewers debauched by a visual apocalypse. Some came back from the war, others did not. Here the theme of the Prodigal Son is raised not literally, but rather as an admonition, a plea to put an end to war so that people no longer perish in its flames. Many artists have understood biblical episodes in a very personal way. It is no mere chance that many of Rembrandt’s paintings are set in his own time. There is no distance: in the context of life and death, yesterday, today or tomorrow is of no significance. The figure of the seated Christ from Ivan Kramskoi’s painting Christ in the Wilderness is also a symbol here – a point of choice and a reminder of timeless questions. This figure is a boundary that separates the image of Christian culture from the aggression that has filled the modern-day world.

Title:

Installation: A Dedication to Rembrandt. Video №1. A Soldier’s Fate

Date:

Technique:

Projection onto an easel carrying a drawing board

Dimensions:

350 × 200 cm

Accessory:

© The State Hermitage Museum

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