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Sõprus

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Anu Pennanen (video) – Stefan Németh (sound)
video, 4min
FIN / 2004–2007

The Tallinn project (2004-2007) is an exploration of how young people use public space in the changing capital of Estonia. The city of Tallinn in a stage of transition from a post-Soviet state to a country with the most liberal economic system in European Union. This long-term project began with research at the Estonian Film Archive. The caretaker of the archive presented me with a wealth of film material about the urbanization of Tallinn after the WWII. Most of the archival material had been filmed during the Soviet occupation and was thus carrying strongly propagandist undertones.Nowadays the local intellectuals have an ongoing, vivid interest for their city and its rapid change, manifested in different publications, discussions and projects. I chose to work with a group of teenagers from both Estonian and Russian backgrounds. Since they have been born into the current situation and haven’t experienced the Soviet times themselves, they could interpret their city from the point of view of here and now. The teens were found from the locations I wanted to work in; from the newly built Viru Keskus shopping centre, from Linnahall City Hall and Maarjamäe Memorial Complex (both built during the Soviet era) from suburbs and through announcements left at schools. The collaboration with the nine participants started with interviews and discussions. They also wrote stories, which took place in public spaces in Tallinn. Based on all this as well as my own observations, I wrote a loose film manuscript, which we further defined in two video improvisation workshops in 2005 and 2006. The final results of the process are the half-hour film ‘Sõprus – Дружба’, a 20 minutes 3-screen film installation with the same title, video work ‘You don’t realize it used to be different’, a series of photographs of the teenagers and an edited discussion. The project in its all forms finds its optimism in the floating curiosity of teenage existence.www.anupennanen.com

Sõprus


Sõprus – Дружба (Friendship)
Anu Pennanen, 2004-2007

Sõprus


Sõprus – Дружба (Friendship)
Anu Pennanen, 2004-2007

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