Exhibition: May 27th – July 10th 2013
Curated by Silvia Burini, Matteo Bertelè, Anna Frants, Marina Koldobskaya
Video art program curator Victoria Ilyushkina
Technical director Alexey Grachev
Artists: Ludmila Belova, Peter Belyi, Ivan Govorkov and Elena Gubanova, Alexandra Dementieva, Marina Koldobskaya, Vitaly Pushnitsky, Alexander Terebenin, Anna Frants, Anton Chumak, Petr Shvetsov
CAPITAL OF NOWHERE is a group art project dedicated to the experience of living in a changing landscape created by the media civilization. It is a traveling project with the work of Russian, mainly St. Petersburg artists in its core. However, the concept of the project is versatile, it suggests reflection of the time and place of the show, so it can include works of foreign artists, especially local.
Today’s city today is an ever-updating screen where commercials mix up with politics, futuristic fantasies mix up with history and documents mix up with fiction. The reality of time and place disappears. Mutation of the familiar urban environment is perceived as a physical, mental and moral wound that every artist contrasts with his own act of creation, compensation, substitution.
Artists and Works
Changing Landscapes #1 Video Program
Curated by Victoria Ilyushkina
Films in this program are addressed to a genius loci, the protective spirit of a place, the cultural and historical landscape paradigm of St. Petersburg – the city, that has changed its name, spirit and character more than once. Hero City, classical and revolutionary, cardboard and grand, faces of its past are multiple and illusory.
St. Petersburg is an imaginary capital, with a vast number of myths and legends associated with the topology of the city. The city, that shifted day and night, is stretched along the grand promenades and Nevsky Prospekt, but conceals its insides in the courtyards of apartment houses and communal apartments, known as “Dostoevsky’s Petersburg”. These implicit traces are shown today through the cultural myths and stone surfaces.
Still one thing remains unclear throughout this whirlwind: what is the present, and what is the past; where is the truth in this flickering moire of familiar landscapes.