Artist Projects

The Ukrainian Time Machine


Naomi Uman

Filmmaker Naomi Uman creates a personal, anecdotal documentary on 16mm film, based on her trip to the Ukraine to live with a family of dairy farmers. Uman, a descendant of Eastern European Jews, moves to Ukraine for ten to twelve months, returning to the land her ancestors left a century ago to escape persecution. In the film she uses her experience as a foreigner to critique her own American cultural perspective. As in all her work, Uman uses film stock as fabric, a material with which to piece together a temporal exploration of the tiny events that make up our world.

Project Updates

  • 2011: Uman presents The Ukrainian Time Machine at REDCAT in Los Angeles

  • 2010: The Ukrainian Time Machine screens at Museum of Modern Art in New York as part of Creative Capital film festival

  • 2010: The Ukrainian Time Machine is screened at the Ann Arbor Film Festival

  • 2010: The Ukrainian Time Machine is screened at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago

  • 2010: The Ukrainian Time Machine is screened at Project Cinema in Portland, OR

  • 2010: An iteration of The Ukrainian Time Machine is screened at Light Industry in Brooklyn, NY

  • 2008: Uman receives Fulbright Scholarship to shoot on location for The Ukrainian Time Machine