The chrysalis phase
2 monumental parts 190 x 1040 сm.
Textiles, embroidery, sewing, threads, ball of threads.
2014 — Exhibition “Generation Start”, parallel program of Manifesta 10, First Military School, Saint-Petersburg, Russia.
2014 — Exhibition “Crystallizations. Contemporary art from Saint Petersburg”. Waino Aaltonen Museum, Turku, Finland.
2010 — Kandinsky prize, short list, Central Arts House, Moscow, Russia.
2009 — solo exhibition, Center for Contemporary Art Winzavod, “START” the platform for the young artists, 3 Moscow biennale of contemporary art, Moscow, Russia.
The idea of a thread has got quite a wide range of meanings. In archaic myths the thread very often plays a role of a universal connecting element or the whole life metaphor.
All of us are connected to each other by numerous threads, all of us constitute a part of one great picture, all of us have a common mysterious task.
The symbol of thread initiate such an idea of art which contains potential possibility to join, darn our disassembling world, prove human existence, lead a person out of the Maze to salutary freedom.
A quest for the whole, universal philosophy of life is expressed in close attention of a great number of people to the experience of the diversity of planet ethnic cultures. Among these terra incognita, Siberia with its acute motherhood and aggressively luxurious culture is considered as a part of Edam, where a person can feel the truth of his existence.
This region is a strange and contradictory symbiosis of ethnical minority roots and the absence of them among the most people living there, a kind of marginalization.
All of us are connected to each other by numerous threads, all of us constitute a part of one great picture, all of us have a common mysterious task…
A Siberian dweller, a descendant of local ethnicity, enforced settlers and prisoners, who has been living for a long time in frontier stage conditions, at neutral territory, is a kind of a draft who is to finish its formation only in future.
Siberians awareness of their presence in the world reminds the one of existentionalism- with its inferiority complex and verdict to total freedom which bounds him.
Their marginality — life at a border, as temporary condition of eternal initiation supposes potential readiness to accept something absolutely different which becomes a way of self-consideration and a quest of their own place in space and time.
And the very Siberia takes allegoric features of a giant mythical cocoon, which is hiding in its chrysalis phase behind the layers of its threads sources of new «axis time», which suggests an unprecedented leap to the future.
CURATOR — ANASTASIA SHAVLOKHOVA.
AUTHOR OF THE TEXT — ALEXANDER ZHARKIKH.
PHOTOS — ANDREW KOBYLKO, STANISLAW ZHURAVLEV.
VIDEO SCREENSAVER — STANISLAV ZHURAVLEV & TANYA AKHMETGALIEVA.