Arturo Vidich

Brooklyn, NY

Arturo Vidich’s projects bridge various media, including written works, performance, sculpture, illustration, video, and sound. Improvisation is the root of his daily artistic practice. Exploring themes of family, technology, natural sciences, and human-animal relationships, Vidich probes the everyday demands of the here-and-now through the lens of Sci-Fi and Fantasy. Since 2003, Vidich’s performances and artworks have been presented by venues and residencies in New York, nationally, and internationally.

The Rough


Arturo Vidich’s projects bridge various media, including written works, performance, sculpture, illustration, video, and sound.

Artist Bio

An alternative history tale set in the loose authoritarianism and technological rise of 1950s Soviet Russia, The Rough dovetails with contemporary themes of strongman politics and progress at a cost. Stalin is dead, and who better to fill the vacuum than bad faith actors proficient in multiple systems of power—bureaucratic, penal, cloak-and-dagger—who better to satisfy the collective longing for release? The story follows Dasha, a young “anti-Soviet” fugitive who recites banned literature over the radio, and Slava, an upright mathematician and father, a descendant of Jewish Cossacks who follows the path of the reluctant hero. As traumatized veterans of the Great Patriotic War, both perform the balancing act of affliction, addiction, and shame, but when Dasha and Slava run afoul of a criminal underworld at war with itself, they confuse revenge with justice, resistance with redemption, and are forced together in a steep dive to save what matters most—family.

Drawing on Vidich’s background in art and performance, and a range of fiction and non-fiction authors, The Rough is about memory and loss.

Award Year
2013
Status

In Progress