Kristina Inčiūraitė, “Under the Skin” (“Po oda”), 2016, experimental film, silent, 34 min
In the experimental film by Kristina Inčiūraite, the scary uncertainty is expressed at remote locations with the skin-burning Sosnowsky’s hogweed (Heracleum sosnowskyi), which is widespread in Eastern Europe. Abandoned places have also been filmed in northwest Latvia. These are the decaying fortifications of a naval port that have survived since Imperial Russian times in the northern part of Liepaja, and the surroundings of the Irbene radio telescope, with a diameter of 32 metres, which is a relic from Soviet times. The abandoned windows of the buildings are like black eyeholes broadcasting emptiness, the kaleidoscopic reduction of the radio telescope leading towards disappearance. Long shots of the treatment of human skin invaded by a tumour transforming the body. These visual motifs from the film reveal the challenges of geopolitics and the conflict between the past and the present.