Between the lines
 
2010

 

The work consists of high stacks of books. Each stack placed at a distance of about 70cm. So viewers can walk between. Closed books tell the story: impressive but dangerously unstable stacks raise apprehension about the collapse. As a past that we often didn’t want to touch and want to get rid of, but which has largely shaped the present (books were bought from people who wanted to get rid of them for a symbolic price). The role of the books themselves has not changed in comparison with Soviet past. They retain their function “not for reading” (multivolume collected works of Lenin were required attribute, a kind of furniture with the ideological value). 

 

Exhibitions: Media Act, Moscow Contemporary Art Center Winzavod, 2010; Forms of life. The return to reality, The State Tretyakov Gallery, 2011. 

 

Mayakovsky
 
2009

 

Color photograph (lightbox, 190x55 cm) and sound

 

After the collapse of the Soviet Union, Soviet passports were replaced with the passports of the CIS countries. This process is virtually completed by 2004. In the past have left many other things associated with that era. The once obligatory “Verses about a Soviet Passport” by Mayakovsky, which was obliged to know by heart each, was removed out of school programs. I interviewed people aged 36 +, in order to find out what they remember from a “Verses about a Soviet Passport”, as well as Mayakovsky. It was found that most of them could remember the line “I pull out of my wide trousers”, as well as the title of another poem by Mayakovsky – “A Cloud in Trousers”(with the name itself, they did not recall the poem). This study of collective memory formed the basis of the work. The photo shows the Mayakovsky monument in Moscow. Photo was taken from a pedestal, so it shows only pants and a hand with the notebook on a background of sky.The work is accompanied by a recording “Verses about a Soviet Passport”, which is due to old age and the interference is difficult to disassemble.

 

Exhibition: "Art after the end of history", Central House of Artist, Moscow, 2009

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The long return
 
2009

 

Video, 30 min 

 

This work deals with the fate of the sculpture “Worker and Kolkhoz Woman”, created in 1935-1937 for the Soviet pavilion at the World Exhibition in Paris. “Standard of socialist realism” in 1947 has become a symbol of the studios “Mosfilm”. In 2003 the reconstruction of sculpture was started,the end of the work is delayed all time - it was scheduled for completion in 2005, then - in 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009. Video is based on the famous screensaver “Mosfilm” - sculpture “Worker and Kolkhoz Woman”turned to the audience on the background of the Kremlin. Usually takes a few seconds, turn in the video is stretched to 30 minutes, so that the movement of the sculpture is almost not noticeable to the viewer.

 

Exhibition: "Art after the end of history", Central House of Artist, Moscow, 2009

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