Adamska Elizaveta Rakhilkina

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An award-winning film director (“Best Film Audience Award” from Reeling: Chicago International Film Festival), Adamska had their films shown internationally across North and South Americas, Europe, Asia, and Africa. Their experimental documentary No Refunds in collaboration with a New York performer Juno has also been screened locally in Seattle at SOIL art gallery. As a photographer, Adamska has exhibited the globe in galleries in Milan, Berlin, London, and New York. Adamska’s work gallops through eras and genres but is always preoccupied with unpacking our notions of eeriness and nostalgia while transforming flesh with moving image and creating worlds of unbridled desire.
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Thesis

Tomorrow Was War

Abstract

A film is a mosaic forged by time. Adamska Elizaveta Rakhilkina’s films exist in the chasm between two empires—the United States and Russia, and their colonial pasts. Tomorrow Was War is a short film that envisions a dystopian police state of Russia to-be while painting a disquieting portrait of a stealth transgender man, Shura, who is drowning in the environment of total surveillance, paranoia and reactive conformity.

Committee

Ellen Garvens
Rebecca Cummings
Flint Jamison

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Shot Film

Their visuals hurt so bad, but feel so good.
Present is pregnant with future.
Home is where the haunt is.

Welcome Note

For this particular graduate class, the years at the UW have been marked by oh so many unforeseen challenges. So much of the all-encompassing and precious experience that graduate school affords was disrupted by forces brought upon all of us during these particular times. I am especially grateful and proud to have watched this cohort rise to meet these extraordinary challenges with creativity, grace and pro-active determination. The successful completion of their degrees has been fulfilled with passion and the thoughtful consideration of the issues, ideas, and experiences that permeate the world we live in.

A sense of completion, achievement, and reflection is palpable in the works brought together in this Graduate Showcase. More so than ever, this journey has not been a solitary endeavor, but rather is made possible by an essential and supportive community that includes fellow students, family, friends, distinguished visitors, staff, and faculty. I especially want to acknowledge the support and mentorship offered by our faculty and staff who are so committed to creating an educational environment where our graduate students are able to thrive.

I want to recognize and thank Shin Yu Pai, Rock Hushka, Stefan Gonzales, Sadaf Sadri, and Heidi Biggs, for their efforts and insights gleaned during their interviews with the Art and Design grads.

Thanks so much for the collective and enthusiastic support of the entire Henry Art Gallery team, with special thanks to Sylvia Wolf, director, along with exhibition designers and preparators Rachel Ann Kessler and Eric Zimmerman. The opportunity for our graduate students to exhibit their thesis work in such a special space is a fitting capstone to their graduate careers.

I hope you enjoy exploring this online showcase where you will discover how each graduate student transformed their ideas, passions, and skills into a body of research that reflects and addresses the opportunities, challenges, wonder, confusion, and joy of the world we all inhabit.

On behalf of the School of Art + Art History + Design, congratulations to the Graduate Class of 2023!

Jamie Walker
Director, School of Art + Art History + Design
Wyckoff Milliman Endowed Chair in Art