The Eye Never Sees Itself

Iara Bubnova

The main project of the 2nd Ural Industrial Biennial refers to the vision and unique ability to distinguish problem issues in the contemporary world of the vanishing past and unstable future. The title of the exhibition is a quote from a poem by Joseph Brodsky “Report for a Symposium”, which was written in 1989, on the eve of the fall of the Berlin wall. In his work Brodsky pointed out the necessity of finding a guiding “agent” in the situation of constant threat and danger. Today such an “agent” or visionary could be the artist – the one who determines the points of tension that generate global processes and the one who, by dealing critically with them, neutralizes the dangers contained there. When “animosity develops… vision is intensified”, the artist proves his or her competency in politics, economics, science, and other fields usually unrelated to art. Exploring the practice and product of contemporary artistic visions, the curator reflected on the ability of art to be a universal mediator and reform the world.

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