Rosella Biscotti

26.02 – 27.03.10

rossella biscotti:
the sun shines in kiev

Adelaide International 2010: Apart, we are together. Curated by Victoria Lynn

Filmed by a local Ukrainian reporter during the first day of the incident at the nuclear power plant in Chernobyl in 1986, these images unexpectedly captured the invisible radiation. White spots, like flashes, appear on parts of them. Whilst providing visible proof of the radiation present the marks have at the same time deleted pieces of the recorded document.

The sun shines in Kiev is based on the life of Vladimir Shevchenko, one of the first filmmakers who was allowed access to the “red zone” after the meltdown of the nuclear power plant in Chernobyl in 1986. In the film the incident is not mentioned and there is no visual representation of the disaster. The incident is used to reflect on the way filmakers can document extreme events and also on our sense of collective memory.

The sun shines in Kiev uses oral narration as a main element to create a visual context. In this film most of the footage is missing. All the information given is personal, fragmented and in contradictory. Since the Chernobyl disaster the official information have been modified in relation to the interests of the various governments. I use these contradictions to reconstruct the biography of Shevchenko to explore the ways in which history shapes individual memories.

The soundtrack is specially composed by the Italian electronic musician FRAME using pieces of music, voices and statements recorded by Vladimir Shevchenko in 1987.

adelaide festival 2010

images (from top) Rossella Biscotti, The sun shines in Kiev, 2006, slide projection; 16mm film still (details), courtesy the artist

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related events

Rossella Biscotti's exhibition will be launched by the Italian Ambassador to Australia H.E. MR. Gian Ludovico DE MARTINO di MONTEGIORDANO


The artist will be a speaker at:

Artists' Week on Day three: Participatory Cultures
Panel: Memory Flashes: Art Cinema and the Archive
Speakers: Rossella Biscotti, Nina Fischer & Maroan el Sani, Assoc Prof Adrian Martin.

Chair: Katrina Sedgwick

when: 3pm - 5.00pm , Sunday 28 February where: Allan Scott Auditorium, Hawke Building, UniSA, City West Campus, 55 North Terrace

Italian Institute of Culture Melbourne
when: Tues. 6.30pm Tuesday 2 March where: 223 Domain Rd South Yarra


Italian Institute of Culture MelbourneRossella Biscotti is supported by the Italian Institute of Culture, Melbourne

bio: rosella biscotti

Born 1978, Molfetta, Italy; lives and works in Rotterdam. Rossella Biscotti uses the documentary aesthetic to explore the relationship between historical, real and fictional time through video and installation. Her videos have been exhibited in galleries and museums including Netherlands Foundation for Visual Art, Design and Architecture (Amsterdam), Italian Academy at Columbia University (USA), National Gallery of Modern Art (New Delhi), National Gallery of Modern Art (Mumbai), TENT (Rotterdam), American Academy in Rome (Rome), Galerie Paolo Boselli (Brussels), Gallery of Modern Art (Monfalcone), Viafarini (Milan), Smart Project Space (Amsterdam), Prodajna Galerija (Belgrade), Trevi Flash Art Museum (Trevi), Fondazione Adriano Olivetti (Rome). In 2006 she won the award for contemporary art "Premio NY" from the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in collaboration with the Italian Academy at Columbia University.