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Kings Artist-Run provides a location for contemporary art practice, supporting distinctive experimental projects by artists at all stages of their careers.
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KINGS Artist-Run acknowledges the Wurundjeri and Boonwurrung people of the Kulin Nation as the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we operate.

We offer our respect to Elders both past and present and extend this offer to all Australian First Nations people.

The Sokhumi Elegies

Robert McDougall

08 April 2017–29 April 2017

The Sokhumi Elegies examines the memory and legacy of the War in Abkhazia, the brutal conflict which occurred between 1992 and 1993 in what was then the north-west corner of the Republic of Georgia.

Focusing on the tactile and felt experience of the war and the sense of memory and connection to a certain time and place, cinematic footage of modern Abkhazia is complemented with archival footage of Sokhumi before the war, montages of archival photographs, occasional elements of Abkhaz and Georgian folk music, and a series of love songs recorded in Abkhazia between the ‘70s and ‘80s.

Tying together the political and the personal into a story about the human dimensions of political failure, the work intends to be an uncertain elegy for the sorrow of war, the misery of exile, and the haunting presence of memory and trauma.

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  • Robert McDougall is an Australian artist, composer and filmmaker. His work incorporates video art, installation, electroacoustic music and kinetic sculpture. Focusing on archival, ethnographic and metaphysical research, his work explores durational and minimalist aesthetics, folk traditions, unconsidered histories and trauma, numinous space and the sublime.