Alexander Vaindorf


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Alexander Vaindorf devoted his residency to editing, transcribing and translating the already-filmed material for a multi-channel video installation about the Ukrainian community in Rome. Detour. One Particular Sunday focuses on Ukrainian migrant workers and their usual Sunday meetup in the center of Rome. After losing their jobs during the years of perestroika, many middle-aged women from the former Soviet Union (Ukraine) migrated to Italy to work as housekeepers. Cooped up in the houses of Italian families during the week, they gather every Sunday in the “Park of Resistance” in Rome. Alexander Vaindorf examines this spot and its “users” in his semi-documentary video film. In the common ground of identical situations—illegal immigration followed by losses of initial context, issues of double identity and the occurrence of parallel, informal economies and closed communities—Vaindorf focuses on individuals who involuntarily became a part of these processes. At the same time, the film grasps a moment in the current history of “unified Europe” where considerable numbers of people are excluded.

The project was completed in December 2005. In January 2006, Vaindorf’s film was presented for the first time at Künstlerhaus Büchsenhausen in a solo exhibition entitled Fallen Out of the Cold.

In 2007, Detour. One Particular Sunday was presented to a broad international audience at the Manifesta 7 in Trentino and South Tyrol (Venue: Ex Alumix Bolzano).

Alexander VAINDORF (*1965 in the former USSR) lives and works in Stockholm. He received an MFA in Visual Arts from Columbia University in New York. Vaindorf has participated in numerous international exhibitions since 1996 including Manifesta 7 (South Tyrol/Trentino, 2007).