Yuri Bykov

Yuri Bykov was born in 1981 to a working-class family in the town of Novomichurinsk. In 2005 he graduated from the All-Russian State Institute of Cinematography, where he studied acting. Yuri had a number of jobs prior to graduation, including a loader and an engine driver. He never studied film directing but was close friends […]

Yelizaveta Smith

Yelizaveta Smith was born in 1990 in Odessa, Ukraine. She graduated with a degree in film directing from the Kiev National Theatre, Cinema and Television University in 2014. Her short films have screened at several Ukrainian festivals and she has participated in international workshops and projects. One focus of her work is documentary theatre. In 2016 she […]

Yevgen Nikiforov 

DECOMMUNISED (2013-) ‘Decommunised’ is a photographic project exploring the aftermath of the so-called “decommunisation” law passed by the Ukrainian Parliament in 2015 that condemned “the totalitarian Communist and Nazi regimes” and banned all related symbols and propaganda.This meant that all USSR-related imagery and Socialist Realist artwork around the country was to be demolished. In this […]

Vitaly Mansky

Born on 2 December 1963 in Lviv, former USSR, Vitaly Mansky is a Russian documentary filmmaker of Ukrainian-Jewish origins, currently based in Riga, Latvia. Mansky’s  documentaries have fascinated the international audiences, receiving awards from international festivals such as Karlovy Vary (where his film Pipeline won Best Documentary in 2013), Hong Kong, Vilnius, as well as […]

Vladislav Mamyshev-Monroe

Vladislav Mamyshev-Monroe 1969-2013 PIRATE TV “Mamyshev-Monroe was the embodiment of that no-limits era” – Joseph Backstein TVlad Monroe was the founder of the parody television channel Pirate TV, the primary purpose of which was to infiltrate Programme A, a TV show hosted by Artemy Troitsky. Founded in 1990 in collaboration with artists such as Timur […]

Valeriya Gai Germanika

An enfant terrible of the Russian film world, Valeria Gai Germanika is arguably one of the youngest, most scandalous, provocative and successful film directors working in Russia today. Born in on 1 March 1989 in Moscow, Valeria was trained at the Internews Cinema and Television School, and began her career as a director at the […]


THE DAUGHTER OF AN ARTIST DECORATOR (2017) Mural Victoria Lomasko looks at the role of the artist working with political ideas,  both in the Soviet Union era and in contemporary Russia. Victoria’s father was a typographic designer and stage painter who, without believing in communist ideology, was making his living by drawing political propaganda and making banners […]

Temirbek Birnazarov

Born in 1964 Kyrgystan, Temirbek Birnazarov is a graduate from the Almaty Institute of Theatre and Cinema. To this day, Birnazarov has directed multiple short documentaries and three feature films.  The director often concentrates on social commentary and the depiction of the everyday life and struggles of the marginalised individuals living in segregated villages. His projects […]

The Bureau of Melodramatic Research

Ghirtoiu/Stanescu Archive, 2009 Installation A bit over a week until The Return of Memory, we introduce you to the first duo at our exhibition. Founded in 2009 by Irina Gheorghe and Alina Popa, The Bureau of Melodramatic Research (BMR) is an independent institution investigating the affective modulations of contemporary politics and the emotional performance of […]

Szabolcs Hajdu

  Szabolcs Hajdu, born 1972, Debrecen, Hungarian, is a Hungarian film and stage director, screenwriter and actor, graduated from the University of Drama and Film in Budapest in 2000. That same year he made his debut with the film Sticky Matters, which was followed by Tamara (2004) and, notably, White Palms (2007), screened in the […]