‘Mind the gap’ became an essential warning. Bridging this gap the artists reveal connections which exist between separated things, reflecting on existing relationships, real or fake interactions, ‘making kin in a world that rips us apart from each other’.
The Advocate of Peace Journal, September 1904, Vol. 66, pp. 164-176
Today, many Russian cultural figures, be they writers or artists, are faced with the question of how to talk about war when even the word "war" has become taboo? Can an artist even talk about it as long as war continues and people die? Everyone answers these questions in his own way. And at this time, in the light of the flaring war, we have to hide cultural treasures in the darkness of underground shelters, waiting for the time when we can speak of peace again.
The artist builds a ‘temporary shelter’ for those who are in need, hospitably inviting a viewer to look through a visual diary of the last year or an artist’s kitchen. This backdoor also brings the audience to the unknown stitch studies of the times, when pseudo national art and culture was absolutely empty of any content. The backside of the found herbarium in an abandoned school reveals much more about the past than such artificially maid history. The thread draws the stories associated with specific places, people and time. The embroidery, the enigmatic stitches transform into wire figures and a suprematist grammar, forming a new vocabulary and presenting multidimensional narratives.
"The Victory Column"
The Column of Victory made from old parquet brings to the light the human tragedy of war. The use of old wood refers to the price of any victory which human pay in times of crises.
"The Bird’s Nest"
Learning from nature we construct our reality often brutally violating it. A famous proclamation from the 1930 by Ivan Michurin ‘we cannot wait for kindnesses from nature; our task is to wrest them from her,’ strongly influenced this view. An empty bird’s nest, artificial vessels point attention to such brutal engineering projects and attitude.The found objects becomes a form of a cognitive play that stimulates the human mind and invite to find a personal associations.