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THE NATION

2014, 50', video 16:9, duotone color, stereo, HD
English/Russian/Armenian/Karabakh dialect spoken, English text

WITH THE SUPPORT OF - SMartAgora, Flemish Community, Beursschouwburg Brussels, ARGOS Centre for Art and Media
DISTRIBUTION & PRESERVATION - ARGOS Centre for Art and Media

The isolated people of Nagorno-Karabakh are living in a time vacuum since the cease fire of 1994. They live in a de facto independent country, but remain unrecognized as such by the international community. This area is still subject of an unresolved and long forgotten conflict which resulted from the collapsing Soviet Union.
Then what does national identity mean in a country that doesn't exist? What are the concepts to construct such an identity? Isn't a nation an imaginary construction after all? And how does the landscape act as a means of identification, to them, and to us, the viewer? 'The Nation' examines the relation between identity and the mental and physical land.
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Video Library - Les Rencontres Internationales, Gaîté Lyrique, Paris (FR), 2016
Grand Illusion - International Competition 12: Intimacy - Arkipel International Documentary & Experimental Film Festival, Jakarta (ID), 2015
Ecrans parallèles: Boucles - FIDMarseille International Documentary Film Festival, Villa Méditerranée, Marseille (FR), 2015
ikob Award - ikob Museum für Zeitgenössische Kunst, Eupen (BE), 2015
Expo - One Shot International Short Film Festival, Yerevan (AM), 2015
Cinéma permanent - Centre Pompidou-Metz, Metz (FR), 2015, curated by Kantuta Quirós & Aliocha Imhoff (Le peuple qui manque)
The Ethnographic Turn (Revisited): Pieter Geenen - deBuren, Brussels (BE), 2015
Transformers, Single Screenings: The Nation - Beursschouwburg, Brussels (BE), 2014