Animated video from Soviet Union 1985-1991 

with Riitta Hakkarainen and Jude Cowan Montague

Monday 1st March 2021 from 8pm

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His Wife is a Chicken by Igor Kovalyov (1990)

His Wife is a Chicken by Igor Kovalyov (1990)

Nervous? Is Brexit getting you down? Is the pandemic bad for your anxiety? Spare a thought for the animators in the last years of the Soviet Union who externalised a seemingly collective mental breakdown in grotesque character, threatening cityscape and absurd tales. Whereas in Europe the period of perestroika was perceived as a time of hope, expression and opportunity, in contrast on the other side of the iron curtain many short films made at this time indicate an edgy atmosphere of fear as the end of empire approached.

We present a series of little seen pieces with some subtitles, thoughts and commentaries. Preserved on the underground, many of these movies have VHS artefacts which add to their sense of instability.

The event is curated and presented by Riitta Hakkarainen and Jude Cowan Montague. 

Riitta Hakkarainen is an artist and scenographer who works in fashion, theatre, film, fine art, illustration and product design.

Jude Cowan Montague broadcasts ‘The News Agents’ every Saturday on Resonance FM. She’s formerly Reuters TV Archive a poet and graphic novelist and film historian and is currently working on some expressive graphic memoirs including ‘Breakfast in Shoreditch’ set in the 1990s retro-art-scene.

His WIfe is a Chicken