© Arutan Chitanava (Sukhum, Abkhazia, 2019)

About

MFA Experimental Film, Kingston University, London (2016)
PhD Film Studies, Birkbeck College, University of London (2013)
MA Film Studies, Birkbeck College, University of London (2009)
BA (Hons) Visual Theories, University of East London (2009)
BA Art History, University of Wroclaw (Poland) and The Open University London (2006)

I am a multimedia artist and writer whose work explores the transformative potential of apparatuses, memories and archives in the creation of societal myths and narratives. Of particular interest to my practice are stories that subvert dominant narratives and versions of history, especially those relating to post-Soviet identities. In my projects I explore complex notions of agency, belonging, identity, memory, representation and cultural heritage. 

My films have screened in venues and at film festivals nationally and internationally: Whitechapel Gallery, British Film Institute, Institute of Contemporary Arts London, Anthology Film Archives New York, Ann Arbor Film Festival, Experiments in Cinema, Antimatter [Media Art], Montreal Underground Film Festival, Alchemy Film and Moving Image Festival. I am the recipient of many international grants, namely Arts and Humanities Research Council, Arts Council of England (UK), New Mexico Arts, New Mexico Humanities Council, and the National Endowment for the Humanities (USA). I am also the author and editor of numerous books and articles on experimental media, including Visions of Avant-Garde Film (Indiana University Press) and the co-founder, with Sam Jury, of Disasters of Peace - a creative initiative that encompasses research, writing, making and curating. My work is held in various online repositories, namely artinCINEMA archives, sofy.tv, Vimeo on Demand, and Ann Arbor District Library Michigan.