ECHO // The Feat


Van Oldenbarneveltstraat 63A, Nijmegen
Language: English
Entrance: €5.00 excluding service costs, including one drink
Speakers: Ilya Rabinovich and Vladlena Sandu
Moderator: Eef Veldkamp 

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19.00 Pre-screening "The Feat" (43 min) 
19.50 Walk in
20.00 Welcome words by Youri Appelo. Q&A between the event moderator, Eef Veldkamp, and the exhibition curator, Anna Bitkina
20.15 Presentation by filmmaker Vladlena Sandu followed by Q&A
20.50 Break
21.00 Presentation by artist Ilya Rabinovich followed by Q&A
21.35 Drinks - after talk
22.00 End


On Thursday, November 16, Platform POST is organising an in-depth public program called ECHO. During this returning evening, people from different fields will shed light on the theme of the exhibition. The Feat features Mikhail Tolmachev's multi-channel video installation (with the same title) in which he challenges forms of violence legitimized and sanctioned by the state. He does this by addressing military histories that are presented in museums.

This edition of ECHO will focus on the visual languages and stories of recent and contemporary wars, but also on the way in which military history is presented in the public sphere and in historical museums. The invited speakers will talk about the analysis and interpretation of military documents and processes developed for military propaganda, national identity and historiography. The event will address how such an analysis can help us imagine a safer, less antagonistic, non-violent and more reasonable future.


mIlya Rabinovich immigrated with his family to Israel in 1973. He graduated from the Photography department at the Bezalel Art and Design Academy in Jerusalem in 1994, earning a B.F.A. degree. Subsequently, he participated in the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam from 1998 to 1999, and he has resided in Amsterdam since 2000. Ilya Rabinovich's artistic projects have been exhibited in museums, galleries, and art centers since 1994. Some notable exhibitions include the Amsterdam Museum in 2020, The Israeli Center for Digital Art in 2015, and the Museum Katharinenhof in Kranenburg, Germany, in 2013.

Since 2008, he has been working on the "Museutopia" project, which involves contextual and photographic research of Ethnography and History museums. The initial phase was conducted in Moldova, while the subsequent parts are focused on Military and Israeli Ethnography museums. His work delves into how hegemonic narratives of Israeli identity and belonging are conveyed through the presentation of significant artifacts. Simultaneously, Rabinovich's work highlights the erasure of Palestinian cultural identity due to a lack of reference information and an emphasis on material culture artifacts.


Vladlena Sandu

Vladlena Sandu, born in Crimea, studied at Rodchenko Art School in Moscow and at the directing faculty of the Russian State University of Cinematography (VGIK). Her student debut short film Kira received the jury’s choice award at Kinotavr in 2015, as well as awards for best direction and cinematography at VGIK International Film Festival 2015. Sandu graduated with the short documentary Holy God (2016), which won awards at several national film festivals.

The main topics Sandu’s work with are war trauma, generational trauma under dictatorship, soviet and post soviet russian colonialism, children under regime and war, human trafficking and human rights. All these topics are related to her personal history and treated through my intimate and artistic perspective. At the start of the Russian war against Ukraine, she escaped from Russia where she could not freely work on her artistic projects about her experience of the regime. Now she lives and works in Amsterdam.