Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Paula Ďurinová is a Slovak documentary filmmaker, photographer and journalist. The main body of her work is about people, places that surround her and storytelling. Post-communist places, social issues, religion, inner life, mental borders or dreams are the main topics she deals with in her work through various media.

Paula Ďurinová graduated from the Academy of Arts in Banská Bystrica, Slovakia and studied at the Academy for Theatre, Radio, Film and Television in Ljubljana, Slovenia. In 2011, she founded Living Documentary Association, which network with various organisations working with human rights, art, fashion, public spaces and architecture and organises public screenings of documentary films and discussions with the authors.

Paula Ďurinová spend two months (September and October 2016) working and living in Tbilisi, Georgia at GeoAIR artist residency. She was involved in GeoAIR’s ongoing project concerning alternative tours and guides of Tbilisi and developed a short film "Passing", a visual essay, exploring under and upper ground places in Tbilisi.

There are places that we regularly pass. We take stairs down to a pedestrian underground or an elevator up to the bridge. Hearing honking cars somewhere in the distance, not knowing that we’re watched by somebody else. We pass by life, subtle friendships or miseries, hearing the sounds of sewing machine, singing or of loud sighs. This life is not happening on the ground.

Public screening of “Passing” took place on October 27, 2016 on the bridge connecting building 1, 2 and 3 of Nutsubidze Plato 1st micro district.
"Passing" was also screened at documentary film festival CinéDOC-Tbilisi in May, 2017.

Paula Ďurinová's residency was a part of an ongoing collaboration and residency exchange with KAIR, financially supported by Creative Industry Košice and Slovak Arts Council. The residency was additionally supported by ECF STEP Beyon