MADE IN ANCIENT GREECE
“Made in Ancient Greece” is a series of freestanding
video sculptures that visually embody the unlikely
juxtaposition of form and function in vessels.
From their historical use by early civilizations to
modern adaptations, vessels combine visual
elements with utilization. Through varying shape or
size to adorning images recording harvests or
signifying ownership, vases have traditionally melded
design by purpose with relaying visual information.
Anna Frants’ “Made in Ancient Greece Series” plays
with vessels as subject matter, acknowledging and
finding personality in plaster bodies. Just as
distinguishing characteristics of a vessel are
attributed to and provide insight into the people who
made that style vase to meet their purpose – Frants’
vessels are a marriage of a traditional medium with
moving images of Hollywood that defined the Soviet
cinema of Stalin era.
Footage was shot in 1928-1936 by young
cameraman Vyacheslav Alekseevich Burgov who
later became legend of Russian sound technology.