Screening : Sarah Turner's Perestroika : Reconstructed

23 April - 10 May 2013

Sarah Turner
Perestroika: Reconstructed

23, 24, 27 & 30 April and 2, 7, 8 & 10 May 2013
24 April and 10 May followed by Q&A with the artist


Perestroika: Reconstructed, 2013 (180mins) re-mixes and extends Sarah Turner's acclaimed film of 2009, Perestroika, into two sequences. Combining the genres of documentary, essay film and film poem, Perestroika: Reconstructed melds two journeys taken on the Trans-Siberian railway twenty years apart. Part psycho-geography, part dream and part environmental allegory, the film explores the process of memory:  both what we forget and how we remember. Sequence one constitutes the 2009 version of the film, whilst the second sequence constructs a new framing narrative that reinterprets and reconfigures both the imagery and the experience of the first.


Limited to views from the window of the Trans-Siberian train, both sequences of Perestroika: Reconstructed conclude at Lake Baikal, the world's deepest lake, contrasting experiences of terror and apocalypse with those of beauty and tranquility, the one contaminating the other.  In this uncanny return, form stages theme through twinning the instability of the environment with the instability of memory and re-enacting that within the projective experience of cinema. This extended work delves further into ideas of momentary truth, identity and how an uncontaminated experience of landscape is literally and metaphorically something that only exists in memory.


Tickets free, booking essential as places are limited :


Watch excerpt here




'Film of the month: Perestroika' Chris Darke, Sight & Sound


"Sarah Turner's Perestroika is a rare and haunting work." Sukhdev Sandhu, The Telegraph


"Perestroika is a difficult, challenging and experimental piece and not for everyone. But it is conceived with intelligence and arresting intensity." Peter Bradshaw, The guardian


"Turner has managed to craft a film that is moving and profound, subtly linking the tragedy of personal experience to the human tragedies of social collapse, and environmental damage and our collective future." Gillian McIver, a-n Magazine