INVASIONS 1.2.3. is a film that was made following the liberation of the Kyiv region from the Russian occupiers in 2022. Ukrainian artist Alevtina Kakhidze meets with friends in Irpin, Muzychi and Mostyshche. Thanks to the 360-degree format, the reality of the Russia–Ukraine War becomes manifest in every square inch: on the left are a destroyed bridge and houses, on the right are playing children, a happy dog Chuck and a freshly planted seedbed. In the film, Alevtina’s clothes change from mourning to festive, and in the end, she is in the kitchen wearing her casual house clothes, preparing dinner made from the occupying plants. Her walk with a Kyiv scientist-botanist sheds light on another war in Ukraine—between plants.
Commissioned by Manifesta 14 and Kosovo, 2022
Idea: Alevtina Kakhidze
Script and direction: Alevtina Kakhidze, Piotr Armianovski
Camera and editing: Piotr Armianovski
Sound editing: Serhii Kulbachnyi
Music: Maksym Shalyhin
Performers: Alevtina Kakhidze, Alexander Krolikowski,
Oleksii Kovalenko, Anatol Stepanenko, Tamara Hryhorivna
Support received from Manifesta 14
Alevtina Kakhidze is a multidisciplinary artist investigating complex issues ranging from consumerism to plant culture, and feminism to life in conflict zones. She is based in Muzychi, Ukraine, twenty-six kilometers from the capital, Kyiv. Brought up in the Donetsk region of Ukraine, she has experienced Ukraine’s abrupt and chaotic changes from the days of the USSR to the present imbalanced environment, including the undeclared war between Russia and Ukraine.
Kakhidze attended the National Academy of Fine Art and Architecture in Kyiv (1999–2004) and the Jan van Eyck Academy in the Netherlands (2004–2006). She has been the United Nations Tolerance Envoy in Ukraine since 2018 and was awarded the Women in Arts award by HeForShe in 2023, the Kazimir Malevich Artist Award 2008 and the first prize of the Competition for Young Curators and Artists, Kyiv, Center for Contemporary Art at NaUKMA in 2002.