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Eleonore de montesquiou
Radiotehnika
Experimental doc. | hdv | black and white | 18'51'' | France / Latvia | 2011
RADIOTEHNIKA 20 min. b&w Riga, 2011 Russian with English subtitles Credits: Camera and editing: Eléonore de Montesquiou Sound by PHONIC PSYCHOMIMESIS With GALINA TRAUMANE, AUSMA SMILTNIECE and MIKHAIL BOGDANOV original language: Russian with English subtitles "Radiotehnika" is a film about the last units in a radio factory in Riga. It is also a film about a woman engineer who was working there years ago. She tells about that time, the Soviet Time and its social organisation with the factory. I was intrigued by her career and how, as a woman, she chose to study engineering.
Eléonore de Montesquiou (1970, Paris, France) is a Franco-Estonian artist. Her work revolves around the articulation between private and official histories, personal and national identities. It tackles the intricacies and ambiguities of living in the margins, based on her personal experience of uprootedness. Eléonore primarily working with video, she tapes testimonies, creating prosthetic memories of repressed histories. In her documentary-informed works, her camera becomes the voice of these voiceless people. Her work is based on a documentary approach, translated in films, drawings and texts, it deals mainly with issues of integration/immigration/meaning of a nation in Estonia, giving voice to the Russian community.