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Film &Video

Grey Horses


HD video, 38 min. 
and related research materials.

Film written, directed, edited and produced by Mykola Ridnyi

Cameramen: Dmytro Pashko, Vadym Smarchenko, Pavlo Itkin and Mykola Ridnyi

Filmed with a support of


The narrative is based on the records of interrogations and memories of relatives of the unknown Ukrainian anarchist Ivan Krupskyi — great-grandfather of the film’s author. Documentary and staged episodes intertwine to reflect paradoxical periods of the hero’s life: leadership of a rebel group, participation in Civil war in the early 1920’s, hiding from persecution by taking the guise of a Soviet policeman, or working as a builder of a plant. This storytelling of the past is performed by today’s heroes: contemporary anarchists, police officers, students and workers. Shootings took place in regions of Central and Eastern Ukraine related to these specific historical events. Using parallels between different times to mix reality and fiction, the film poses questions about controversies surrounding the construction of historical memory and glorification of historical figures in relation to current political agendas.

Mykola Ridnyi


Installation views:
“Facing the Wall”, Labirynt City gallery, Lublin, 2018. Photo: Wojciech Pacewicz
“Wolf in a Sack”, Arsenal City gallery, Bialystok, 2019. Photo: Arsenal City gallery

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