The impetus for the creation of the "Volga-Volga" video was an acquaintance with the inhabitants of the city of Dubna in particular Eugenе Shabalin a physical engineer and one of the active participants in the Dubna's samodeyatelnost' (amateur theatric initiative, typical for the inhabitants of naukograds, engineers, technicheskaya intelligentsia). The title of the work refers to the Soviet film of the same name — musical comedy "Volga-Volga" featuring soviet superstar Lyubov Orlova was released in the midst of Great Terror. The key episodes were filmed at the site of the new-built by the hands of concentration camps prisoners Moscow Сanal. In the future the film was repeatedly edited depending on the political and ideological course of the country: the attributes of dictatorship were either excluded from it or returned.
This video is a series of shots of the present-day Сanal, quoting the micro-plots and camera angels of the original film. "Volga-Volga" by Nikita Spiridonov focuses on the local historical and political contexts of Dubna and Moscow Сanal. The prose of Eugenе Shabalin sounding off-screen addresses the history of the Moscow Canal and is devoted to reflections on the dramatic fate of his native city.

  • Nikita Spiridonov
  • Eugene Shabalin
  • Nikita Spiridonov
  • Vlad Chizhenkov
    Camera operator
  • Vlad Chizhenkov
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    17 minutes 44 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    December 8, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    14 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    Russian Federation
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    Russian Federation
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  • Festival "Recreation" in the ZIL Cultural centre
    Russian Federation
    December 9, 2019
    Russian premiere
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  • Nikita Spiridonov
    Country: Russian Federation
    Rights: All Rights
Director Biography - Nikita Spiridonov

Nikita Spiridonov (b. 1986, Moscow) is an artist, composer, curator, and founder of the u/n multitude collective. In the context of the artistic practice of u/n multitude, he explored the political dimension of sound, creating performances and political scores. As a video artist, Spiridonov continues to take historical events as a starting point and investigates the difficulties of memory work along with the ways of remembering. In 2019, he began work on the "Dubna series" video trilogy dedicated to the history of the Moscow Canal, Stalin's repressions and the politics of memory. The second part of the cycle, the short film "Volga Song", was shown as part of the competition program of the Message to Man International Film Festival (2020). Spiridonov is a participant of numerous exhibitions, including: Political Scores (CCA Winzavod, Moscow, 2014), Orchestras (Solyanka Gallery, Moscow, 2016), Notes for Tomorrow (diverse cities, 2021-2025), Transposition: u/n multitude and Its Political Scores (CACHE space, Beijing, 2021). Currently, he is a curator at the Park Gallery, Moscow. Lives and works in Moscow.

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