Sasha Litvintseva (b. 1989, Russia) is an artist, filmmaker, researcher and curator based in London. Her films and research are situated on the intersection of geological, embodied, and historical temporalities and materialities. Her work has been exhibited worldwide including Wroclaw Media Art Biennale, Poland; The Moscow Biennale for Young Art; Modern Art Museum Moscow; Institute of Contemporary Art, London; Kunstverein Gottingen; Union Pacific gallery London; Ann Arbor Film Festival; Edinburgh Film Festival; Kasseler Dokfest; Cinema Du Reel, Paris; including solo shows and retrospective screenings at Union Docs, New York; Super Dakota Gallery, Brussels; Courtisane Film Festival, Ghent; Close-Up Film Centre, London; Image/Movement, Berlin, among many others. A graduate of the Slade School of Fine Art she is currently working on a PhD proposing the concept of geological filmmaking at Goldsmiths, University of London, where she is a founding member of the Screen and Audiovisual Research Unit. She is also an independent curator of contemporary moving image and co-curator of the November Film Festival. Her latest work will be showing at Rotterdam International Film Festival (2017).
Exile Exotic is set at a hotel that is a replica of the Kremlin. Narrating the exotic beginnings of my mother’s and my exile from Russia, the film serves as a platform for us to visit the Kremlin again, albeit by the side of a pool. Soundtracked by an operatic score reminiscent of the song of the sirens making Odysseus stray on his long journey home, our story reverberates throughout the scope of Russian history’s limiting of free movement of individuals. This film is a pilgrimage. This film comes in waves.