Landscape in the Comprehension of Crimes: Practices of Soviet Film Makers

Presentation by Irina Tcherneva in the course of the NANO SEMINAR: NATURE(S) & NORMS

This contribution focuses on landscape and the spatial dimension in the documentary films and photographs created by the Soviets in 1941-1945 during the liberation of Nazi-occupied territories.

The places where Nazi crimes and war crimes took place make the Soviet terrain unique in the history of the Holocaust. Until now, visual analysis has not been mobilized to examine these traces in rural and urban environments. Tcherneva cross-references the visual and textual corpus created by the film milieu, by the Extraordinary State Commission that collected data on the crimes, as well as by certain doctors or journalists who practiced photography. In doing so, Tcherneva examines the informational value of landscapes for the cameramen and investigative agencies that rely on the visual tool to document mass violence. The presentation will highlight an evolution in the practices of filmmakers and photographers with regard to the perception of the environment and the codes of its representation in image and narrative.

The project “Nature(s) and Norms” (NANO), implemented by the Institute of Polish Culture (Warsaw University), the Institute of EUR’ORBEM (Sorbonne University Paris), in partnership with the French Centre for Research in Social Sciences in Prague, is embeded into the Research Program SAMSON (Sciences, Arts, Medicine and Social Norms).

The seminar aims to analyse the process of formation of social norms and to examine the normative order of modernity, which representations and concepts will be explored at the intersection of art, literature, social and natural sciences, and medical discourse.


Friday, 24.03.2023, 16:30
Friday, 24.03.2023, 18:30
(GMT+01:00) Paris
Paris, CEFRES Library and online (zoom)