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Dima

SD video, 07:57 min.
2013

Dima is a record of the artist’s interview with the eponymous Dima, an ex-policeman who abandoned the police service and works as a stonemason. Dima is an idealist – his service in the police was motivated by his willingness to fight evil. Yet, this experience left him disappointed with the lawlessness and corruption that he witnessed. During the conversation, he talks about the deficiencies of the system and the mechanisms that can easily turn a victim into a suspect, while they can also turn officers of the authorities into people whose aim is not to administer justice but to add an extra 20 hryvnias to their meagre salaries. Dima believes that only a civic protest can counter the decay of the system. This goal cannot be achieved through the law, which has long been dysfunctional.

Ridnyi’s work was created just before the beginning of the Maidan protests. The video shows that the sense of the imminence of those events was common among the citizens of Ukraine – and corresponded to the conviction that authorities that disregard the needs of the people, and deprive them of their basic rights and dignity, need to be removed. However, as Dima summarises, the system won’t change by itself. People need to take to the streets and change it.

http://barzakh.artmuseum.pl/en/artist/mykola-ridnyi

  
  
"Dima", stills from video