Re-enacting official archival documents that detail Tretyakov’s arrest, interrogation, trial and execution, the event engages with the materialist program of this revolutionary artist and the fate of his work in the face of Stalinism. In the first two decades after the revolution Tretyakov argued for the rejection of fiction in favour of an operative “factography” that would establish new social forms with the help of investigative genres and media such as photography and film. Guided by a question asked by Tretyakov’s interrogators - “What do you by mean materials?” - the event sets out to read the document of his death as a work of Factography that speaks to the present.
Andrew Fisher is a Lecturer in Visual Cultures at Goldsmiths, University of London and founding editor of the journal Philosophy of Photography. He is currently pursuing a research project “The Image of Thought” at the Bertolt Brecht archive in Berlin. His essay on Tretyakov’s death will appear in the journal E.R.O.S. in autumn 2017.