"Flights in Dreams and Reality" new exhibition in Dovzhenko Center

15 december, 2020

On December 17, Dovzhenko Center will present a new exhibition "Flights in Dreams and Reality", which explores the cult film of the same name by Roman Balayan and the era in which it was created. The curator of the exhibition was Andriy Alferov.

Curator Andriy Alferov:
"The study of Roman Balayan's work has become a study of the urban theme in Ukrainian Soviet cinema. Turns out this topic was secretly banned in the USSR. This fact makes Balayan not just a full-time director at Dovzhenko's studio, but a chronicler of the life of the middle class of that time. People similar to us. A class alien to both the ruling elite and the silent obedient majority.

The films, shots, photographs, documents, conclusions, opinions of art critics, and eyewitness testimonies collected in the exhibition do not claim absolute objectivity. However, they give some idea of ​​the time, which Tarkovsky called the era of "deep-sea fish."

About the exhibition
"Flights in Dreams and Reality. The exhibition" is a cinematographic project full of film images and multimedia experiences. The great place in the exposition is occupied by a grand video-musical installation "Sixties" by Vladymyr Tarasov, the guru of Lithuanian jazz music, about the creative atmosphere behind the "Iron Curtain."

Comments by Tiberii Silvashi, Lyudmila Novikova, Ivan Kozlenko, Volodymyr Voitenko, Nadiia Zavarova, Serhiy Trimbach, Natalia Silvasha, Mariia Khrapachova reveal the historical and cultural context of the creation of "Flights in Dreams and Reality."

The installations by Anton Logov, created especially for the exhibition, not only accentuate the key symbols of the movie but also convey the psychological states which the main character of the film goes through.

The exhibition presents original paintings by Lyubov Rapoport, Tiberii Silvashi, Viktor Pavlov and Tetyana Yablonska, works by classics of Ukrainian documentary photography Oleksandr Ranchukov and Borys Gradov, as well as fragments of documentaries and feature films shot in Kyiv in the 1970s and 1980s. The modern vision of the Roman Balayan’s character is reflected in the photos of Elena Saponova and Olga Stepanyan.

Architecture and design of the exhibition: Lera Guevska
Multimedia installations: Photinus Studio
Graphic design: Alyona Solomadina

The project was implemented with the support of the Ukrainian Cultural Foundation
Partners: Family Production, Nova Poshta
Information partners: UA:Culture, LB.ua