Watching Muratova in a Time of Social Isolation

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The essay reads Muratova’s 1989 masterpiece The Asthenic Syndrome through a viral lens. It reflects on the pandemic experiences of social distancing, panic buying at local supermarkets, and glitchy Zoom calls with relatives, relating these to the thematic and aesthetic practices that mark Muratova’s oeuvre. Watching Muratova has always been a visceral experience. One cannot engage with her films in a detached, exclusively intellectual way. They are too alive; they rankle and agitate you; they creep over your skin. The pandemic too has been a deeply physical experience: the enforced isolation, immobility, the collective yearning for human connectedness. This essay is thus about Muratova and isolation, Muratova in isolation; it is a tribute to an artist and a historic moment in time.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherFrames Cinema journal
Publication statusPublished - 2021


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