Katyusha: Rocket Launchers, Folk Songs, And Ethnographic Refrains

Performance Canada 2016 English 0:38:00

Conflating years of research, archival digging, and excerpts from familial, institutional, and other collections, Katyusha is an experimental documentary that ruminates on the circulation and constructions of cultural memory and national(ist) narratives.

Kandis Friesen is an interdisciplinary artist based in Montréal. Working with video, performance, drawing, installation, and sculpture, her practice looks at diasporic language, dispersed translations, and the role of document and archive in constructions of public memory and public space. Her work has been shown locally and internationally at various festivals and galleries, and she has been the recipient of several grants and awards, including a recent Canada Council for the Arts Film and Video Grant in 2016. Friesen holds a BFA from Concordia University, and is currently residing in Chicago while pursuing an MFA in the Art, Theory, Practice program at Northwestern University.