3OHA, a haunting new film by New York-born artist and filmmaker Clayton Vomero, will receive its official world premiere on 28 March 2019 at CPH:DOX.
Shot on location in Russia and Ukraine in 2017 and 2018, 3OHA is a kaleidoscopic depiction of outsider culture revealed through the lives of young people living in Kiev, Moscow, Vladimir and St. Petersburg.
The film is comprised of two parts, beginning with a fragmentary, dream-like account of the Soviet Union’s dissolution in the early 1990s. Using archive footage and interviews with notable cultural commentators and artists, such as Artemy Troitsky and Igor Shelinsky, as well as the rap artist Husky, Vomero documents the early adopters of Western consumerist culture. These pioneers, in the words of Artemy Troitsky, were the ‘lucky ones’ – those who could speak the language of Western culture and were young enough to embrace change. However, as described in 3OHA; ‘a violent mix of capitalism and feudalism’ soon took hold. The second part of the film seeks to examine the world of their ‘children’— the inheritors of this legacy.
Vomero’s complex, thought-provoking film offers a critique of consumer culture and the manner in which that culture repeats and insinuates itself into our collective memories of historical events. Examining the margin between reality and spectacle, the film in particular dissects the significations and symbolism of culture and media and how it constructs an understanding of shared existence.