concrete dust (2017) by Viktor Brim concrete dust (2017) by Viktor Brim concrete dust (2017) by Viktor Brim concrete dust (2017) by Viktor Brim

concrete dust

2017, 4K video, 23‘52“, col­or, sound

Smoke ris­es in front of the facade of a con­crete slab build­ing. A tracked vehi­cle crawls over a con­struc­tion site. A ham­mer blow is heard from a con­struc­tion work­er hit­ting a met­al sur­face on the roof. Between ruins and rem­nants from the Sovi­et era, a cowherd gal­lops about his herd. Lenin stands sto­ical­ly on a pedestal, hold­ing his right hand raised to a silent greet­ing. A shaman lights a juniper bush and blows the smoke over the engine of a car, say­ing a prayer.

Two patients are wait­ing in a blue hall­way. The sounds of a cleans­ing rit­u­al can be guessed through the walls. In the treat­ment room a woman sits with a shaman, a red thread is woven around her hands. Con­crete Dust (2017) is a net­work of moments in a post-sovi­et periph­ery. Pas­tel col­ors, dusty sur­faces and folk­loric arti­facts define the pic­tures. The indi­vid­ual shots are deter­mined by the state of rigid­i­ty and stag­na­tion.