Noonwraith blues

Kamila Kuc
UK/USA, 2020, SUPER 8>DIGITAL, 4 MIN
NO DIALOGUE

 

Ominous cinegrams of Albrecht Dürer’s “Melencolia I” print intercut, like cascading scythes, with depictions of a woman in a field, evoking repetitions that exist in harvest rituals as well as in gestures of madness. Spectres of familial anxieties creep into this loose take on the myth of Poludnica (noonwraith or Lady Midday), a Slavic harvest spirit that could cause madness in those who wandered the fields alone. A pastoral horror.

  • Kamila Kuc: I am a multimedia artist and writer whose hybrid works explore the transformative potential of apparatuses, dreams, and memories in the creation of societal myths and narratives. Of particular interest to my practice are stories that subvert dominant narratives of history, especially those relating to post-Soviet identities. In my recent projects, I’ve employed diverse archival sources in conjunction with AI tools to examine notions of agency, belonging, and identity while attempting to trace complex lineages of meaning and representation.