Roman is a multidisciplinary artist working on the intersection of film, animation, photography and installation art often approached through the analysis of historical events and their effects on the precarious living conditions of expats living abroad. Concerned with the shifting paradigm for a foreigner as an unstable element of society, he aims to explore the potential for an alternative course of history. As a contemporary image-maker, Roman sees it as his responsibility to scrutinise the events, images and symbols of the past and remould them into the reality orientated towards the future.
Artist graduated from the VAV Department of the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in 2017. In the same year, he won the EYE Research Lab Award for best audiovisual work at the EYE Filmmuseum. In January 2018, he received the Young Artsupport Amsterdam Award, and his graduation project Holy Land became part of the EYE Filmmuseum collection. His work has been exhibited in various galleries, institutions and Film Festivals in the Netherlands and abroad, his films have been screened in the different film festivals including IFFR. He was teaching fine art in Gerrit Rietveld Academie in 2018-2019. In 2021 he was co-creator of MARC residency.
A memory (re) collection story. In a dream-like cinematic style video, the journey of an anonymous character is unrevealing in parallel with the attempt of finding the genesis of the journey itself. This work chronicles the passage of the hero in search of the equilibrium one usually strives for after the great loss. By relocating yourself from one landscape to another, heading towards the destination your gaze lead you into, one is not only reaching a point of desire but renouncing the foundation of the despair. The hopelessness was engendered by the loss, by the death of clear guidance. The empty landscape turned into the matrix of a desolated road one still has to cross. The character steps into the ground wearing foreign legs, carrying her through the sterile black and white locations. The ritual of walk-in in her case works as a mystical reverence towards the abandoned land. The land does not carry any meaning apart from the cry coming from the tree she is looking for.
PHOTO PROJECT (2019-2021)
Which is aiming to establish a new methodology for the appearance of the new hybrid body. Through the creation of the specific situations, I am trying to reveal the points of stress in the images. Bodies of performers are coexisting with objects on equal terms - creating a reciprocal tension. Emerging to a certain sense as a laboratory experiment - this project aims at the hidden between the subject of the studies and the one watching.
This project is presented as a video in collaboration with MAAD formed by Carlo Micali, Lorenzo Mirra and Stefano Messina. Coming from different backgrounds they got bounded by the need of exploring an unorthodox form of expressions in Sound Design, finding opportunities to enhance and expand perception, principally oriented towards synesthetic experimentations with the aim to awaken and bound senses through art. Aesthetic innovation is key in this process, from here the necessity to push boundaries and consider new ways to reevaluate the essence of what surrounds us.
The writing project is avalable through the following link →