Silencing the Avant-Garde: Censorship and Film in the Soviet Union at GRAD 5 February
28 January 2015
On Thursday 5th February from 6.30pm – 8.00pm the Gallery for Russian Art and Design, also known as GRAD, will be holding a free event to examine the impact of censorship on the arts during the early years of Stalin’s rule and the onset of Socialist Realism. The second event in GRAD’s series of collaborations with the Kino Klassika Foundation will feature Justine Waddell in conversation with European and Russian cinema specialist Ian Christie. The discussion will focus on film and film music and will be complemented by a selection of extracts from Soviet productions of the 1920s and 1930s.
Ian Christie is a film historian, curator and broadcaster, and a trustee of Kino Klassika. He has been Anniversary Professor of Film and Media History at Birkbeck College, University of London, since 1999 and is a Fellow of the British Academy. Christie has written and edited books on early film, Powell and Pressburger, Russian cinema, Scorsese and Gilliam; and collaborated on a wide range of exhibitions at institutions such as the Hayward Gallery, Modern Art Oxford and V&A. His most recent books are on production design and on audiences. Last year, he gave a talk on Eisenstein and the Great War in the BBC Radio 3 series Minds at War.
Justine Waddell is an actress, screenwriter and trustee of Kino Klassika. She is currently working on a screenplay adaptation of Virginia Woolf’s early comic novel, Night & Day, and has played lead roles in feature films ranging from Tarsem Singh’s The Fall to Alexander Zeldovich’s 2011 Russian language re-imagining of Anna Karenina, Мишень (Target), with a screenplay co-written by Vladimir Sorokin.
GRAD’s current exhibition Bolt will run until 28th February and is also well worth a visit. The exhibition displays rarely seen original designs, photographs and costumes from Dmitri Shostakovich's 1931 ballet ‘The Bolt’ together for the first time. Curated by Elena Sudakova, Alexandra Chiriac and Elena Grushvitskaya, the exhibition is organised in collaboration with the St Petersburg State Museum of Theatre and Music.
For more information on GRAD’s forthcoming programme please visit their website.