The East. Deconstruction

Anna Zhurba

The East. Deconstruction is a group exhibition of the 6 Moscow young artists. The keynote of the exhibition is the strive to deconstruct stereotype, and colonial notion of the East that served an impersonal term to identify the civilized Other Part. Site-specific installation by Olga Karyakina demonstrates an attempt of synthesis through the denial of the controversies of the artistic traditions marked as the Western and the Eastern one. The convention character of these divisions is highlighted by video and installation by Katya Isaeva devoted to the search of the universal cultural codes overcoming national cultural frames. In her search of these codes Maria Poluektova in her video addresses the observation of the everyday life clear beyond the geographical, language, and cultural frames. Videoinstallation and performance by Alisa Taezhnaya was based upon the artist's family history, the idea of multiple layering of identities as natural process of life. The artistic investigation by Ilmira Bolotyan is also built around the self-identification issue, influence of the society thereon, and the stereotypes existing in society. The central theme of the installation by Anastasiya Kachalova is the fear of the Other Part and consequently its stigmatization that still give rise to new cultural symbols of the otherness. Installation by Maria Poluektova also addresses the theme of fear of the Other Part accentuating its dehumanizing consequences.

The East. Deconstruction is the result of more than 6 months of discussions about the significance of the national identity in realities of the modern world, personal experience of the artists, and also their investigation of the material culture of the post-Soviet space as a zone of multiple overlap and active interaction of the characteristics attributed to the East and those attributed to the West. Specially for the exhibition 6 artists - project participants - have not only created new work as the result of the self-organized discussion platform, but also included in the orbit of their work the space of exhibition thus making it the participant of the creative process. While deconstructing the existing myths, stereotypes, and their position in the existing coordinate system the artists investigate both interpenetration of traditions and cultural cannons, and the limits of our knowledge of the Other Part. Thus, the project presents the slice of opinions of the first post-Soviet generation.

 

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