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Featuring specially commissioned artworks, a podcast series and a selection of timely essays, Sreda magazine offers a nuanced view on Russian culture and contemporaneity. Content is available for a limited period of time and updated every Wednesday. The Russian word ‘sreda’ means Wednesday and also defines the natural, geographical and social environment.

Victor Timofeev

Œdipe, 2020

Video for theatrical performance in Théâtre à Saint Marcel de Félines, 4:20

This week, Sreda online magazine presents a video by Victor Timofeev, a student of the A. Rodchenko Moscow School of Photography and Multimedia.

Timofeev’s video shows an imaginary celebration of the end of a plague epidemic. The beginning of the pandemic is evoked concretely—through a framed concentration of young, motionless bodies, which are contemplated by Oedipus himself. When they gradually emerge from the catastrophe and return to everyday life, these young people organise a party. The party, however, is filled not with the happiness of liberation, but rather with a depressive feeling of disconnection – the world is no longer the same, and people appear detached from one another, concerned only with themselves. The central part of the video depicts a failing game of hide-and-seek: the participants try to conceal themselves amongst the décor of an old flat, to mimic the multicoloured wallpaper patterns, to blend in with the interior, but their presence inevitably remains vivid.

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