Foundation Pit, 2008
Mixed media installation.
30 x 80 x 45 cm each.
Courtesy of the artist and the Multimedia Art Museum, Moscow
They say Russia is a country with an unpredictable past. But there is always a bright future ahead in Russia. Between them lies the abyss we call the present. My 'abyss' has nothing to do with revolution, war or horrors like the Gulag and Auschwitz. I'm talking about the present day. These zinc containers are neither antiques nor trash, but the practical working tools of modern-day migrant workers. I bartered with the yard sweepers Gulya, Zina and Lyuba to get the tubs and found the buckets on a building site.
I filled them with pictures of Russian life – dilapidated grey walls, dim light, garbage, filth, a squalid existence and the impossibility of escape.
Unchanged since Platonov's description of the way people lived after the Revolution. Their dream was to overcome the 'nostalgia for the old life' and build a new abode for the proletariat, but they dug their way deeper and deeper into the foundation ditch. And it continues to this day. "All the attempts to erect a 'Tower of Babel' lead nowhere, man is still in the depths of the same Babylonian pit" (Diana Machulina).
1973 born in Arkhangelsk
2004 graduated from Hebrew University in Jerusalem
2007 graduated from Moscow Institute of the Contemporary Art
Lives and works in Moscow and Jerusalem.
Selected Personal Exhibitions:
2008 Cryptomnesia. Relapce. Art-Strelka Projects Gallery, Moscow, Russia
2005 Memories About Memories. Small Room Gallery, Elul, Jerusalem, Israel
Selected Group Exhibitions:
2008 A(rt)R(ussia)T(oday)–index. The Latvian National Art Museum Arsenal, Riga, Latvia
1-st Biennale of Young Artists. Winzavod, Moscow, Russia
@60.artisrael.world. Judah L. Magnes Museum, Berkley CA, USA
2007 Coordinates. Museum of Fine Arts, Kostroma, Russia
Space. International Exhibition of Young Artists, Moscow Museum of Modern Art, Moscow, Russia
Youngs. Typography Original, State Center for Contemporary Art, Moscow, Russia
Black Square – National award in the field of Contemporary Art. The Central Artists House, Moscow, Russia
2006 Breathing Memory. Limbus Gallery, Tel Aviv, Israel
Let's Talk About Migration. International art exhibition organized by the Club UNESCO for Arts and Letters of the Department of Achaia, Patras, Greece
New Members-2006. Artists House, Jerusalem, Israel
Fwd:Re:Form? Art-Moscow, The Central Artists House, Moscow, Russia
2004 Window. Small Room Gallery, Elul, Jerusalem, Israel