50 Hot Russian Dreams, 2008
Paper, ink, acrylic
30,5 x 21,5 cm
Courtesy of the artists and Multimedia Art Museum, Moscow
What Is a Russian Dream? This is the question we asked ourselves as we worked on the project. We realised straight away that the Russian dream is inseparably linked to the Russian soul which, as everyone knows, is an enigma. As this concept was clearly inadequate for a visual representation of our theme, we decided to systematise the knowledge amassed from questioning the public and from our own experience. What was the best way to go about it?
After all, systematisation is not really natural for the typical dream of the Russian soul, 'which yearns to go for a whirl or a spree, that can say 'the Devil take it all!' and dart off in a fit of divine inspiration,' in Gogol's words.
The great Russian writer Nikolai Gogol was among the first to examine the Russian soul. On the basis of his literary work, our personal experience and surveys of friends and strangers, as well as a careful study of the surrounding visual realities, we compiled a hit parade of the 'HOT 50' Russian dreams, in accordance with the popular tendency nowadays to compile ratings, short and long lists of nominees, candidates, etc. But our hit parade is not really a rating, it presents various Russian dreams side by side. After all, the Russian dream is like an uninterrupted stream, we could continue it forever.
Alexei Politov and Marina Belova
1966 born in Moscow
Graduated from the High School of Art Criticism, Moscow
Lives and works in Moscow.
1958 born in Moscow
Graduated from Moscow Medical Academy, Moscow
Lives and works in Moscow.
Since 1998 Alexei Politov and Marina Belova work and exhibit as artistic duo.
Selected Personal Exhibitions:
2008 Go From the Dark, VII International Month of Photography “Photobiennale-2008”,
Era Foundation, Moscow
2006 ProYavlenie (Display). Multimedia Complex of Actual Arts, Moscow, Russia
Les Dames aux Cameos. Aidan Gallery, Moscow, Russia
Artificial Fountain. Art Strelka, Moscow, Russia
2005 En Art Brochette (objects). ArtKoktebel, Crimea, Ukraine
Woman-Oar (kinetic sculpture). ArtField, Russia
2004 Art of the Future (interactive object). Art Klyazma, Russia
Autumn Cannibalism (interactive installation). Art Strelka, Moscow, Russia
2003 Sterilization. S.art Gallery, Moscow, Russia
Selected Group Exhibitions:
2006 Still Life (objects). Krokin Gallery, Moscow, Russia
2005 Accomplices: Collective And Interactive Works In Russian Art of the 1960s – 2000s. State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow, Russia
Winter Factor Or Snow Girls Don’t Die. 1st Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art, Art Klyazma, Russia
2003 The Best. S.art Gallery, Moscow, Russia
Art Constitution. Moscow Museum of Modern Art, Moscow, Russia
Conductor Bay (sculpture). Art Klyazma Festival of Contemporary Art, Russia
2002 Broken Eggs (installation). Art Klyazma Festival of Contemporary Art, Russia
Euro. The Sakharov Museum and Public Centre, Moscow, Russia
2001 Adoption. The Sakharov Museum and Public Centre, Moscow, Russia
2000 Wall Newspaper. The Sakharovs Museum and Public Centre, Moscow, Russia
1998 Christmas-Crib. M&J Guelman Gallery, Moscow, Russia
Alphabet. Dar Gallery, Moscow, Russia