"Katya digs trenches in Leningrad (Pantomime 7/I)," production still (2003)

"Katya digs trenches in Leningrad (Pantomime 7/I)," production still, 2003
Performer: John Kahara. From "Ice Floes of Franz Joseph Land," five channels shot on 16 mm film, transferred to video, projected from DVD, 21 minutes 48 seconds per channel, black and white, silent
© Catherine Sullivan

"It was this horrific event that I found very compelling, which raised a number of questions- one of which had to do with cultural assimilation And I looked at the event as I often do in terms of its surrounding conditions...not to go to the musical itself or the Chechnyan or Russian situation, but to work with the novel as material I could project onto."

- Catherine Sullivan