Masks, installation

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    The installation is dedicated to one of the most frightening pages of Soviet Union’s history – the Gulag system. The installation appeals not to the common Gulag understanding, but  to a personal perception of the audience, among which the majority are relatives and descendants of people involved in that system. Five objects that are different in height and materials (wood, metal, stone, cement) by their form remind of  a watchtower of North Caucasus. The upper part contains the author’s reconstruction of face masks, which Gulag’s prisoners used to attempt to  protect themselves from the cold.

    This artwork combines massive, heavy, cold materials with colorful, pastel and soft fabrics.Videos of white impenetrable sky and a snow-covered path, which we follow, are translated  in the frozen “body” of these masks – keepers and guardians of the memory. We look at the world or deep inside memories through the eyes of the mask, we try it on.

    Masks, installation
    Masks, installation

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