Veronika Rudyeva-Ryazantseva – Not Here and Not Now!

Veronika Rudyeva-Ryazantseva
Video, 8 min, 2016
Supported by CYLAND MediaArtLab


This video is made on the basis of patchwork technique, where patches of cloth are replaced by video fragments. A “living” carpet, which combines the past and the present, is a work that raises the question — where is our reality? For most of the time we are not “here and now”, but rather in the past or planning thefuture, dreaming or fearing it. This video reminds us of our memory: a piece of one event or another, all of them at the same time: winter, summer, children’s drawings painted in ’85, where one demonstration is followed by another in the struggle for “peace”, numerous butterflies — real and not real, the portrait of Pushkin that could be found in almost every household, and various other images. This endless game of reality-unreality reflects our ability to move not only in space but also through time (especially in the past and the present) when a certain smell, taste, color or light evoke a memory and allow a transition into another space-time.