the colour of pomegranates
a film by sergei parajanov
an extremely unconventional portrait of armenian poet sayat nova (aka the king of songs), this biopic ignores the conventions of narrative to instead tell sayat nova’s story in a way that resonates with the subject’s medium: poetic flow.
parajanov was exploring gender fluidity and non-binary ways of being in soviet georgia, ukraine and armenia long before those terms were in use and was persecuted and imprisoned for his subversive lifestyle. naturally he didn’t make films in the state-sanctioned socialist realist style.
the main feature will be supported by a showreel of the unseen, unknown (in the west) side of parajanov. silenced by authoritarianism and forbidden from film-making, parajanov turned to photography, collage, painting, bricolage and assemblage and gobscure has collected some together for you.
images: my fathers portrait torn apart out of jealousy / yuri gagarin 1983 (s. parajenov)
location: the newbridge project : gateshead, 232-240 high street, gateshead, NE8 1AQ
Accessibility: NewBridge Gateshead has full street-level accessibility and an accessible WC. This event will take place in the gallery and co-work space on the ground floor of NewBridge Gateshead. Please contact us prior to visiting if you require additional information regarding access and facilities.