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Video credit: Asya Marakulina. Room with a window

The Senses Trap

Asya Marakulina. This exhibition is linked to the lecture series taking place in the Saatchi Gallery, organised by The Hermitage Foundation UK

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Shtager Gallery/Elephant &Castle Experimental Space is pleased to announce a series of Russian contemporary artist’s exhibitions. These exhibitions are linked to the lecture series taking place in the Saatchi Gallery, organised by The Hermitage Foundation UK, ‘Russia Contemporary’. The artists have been selected by Dr. Dimitri Ozerkov, Head of Contemporary Art at the State Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg, and reflect the breadth and diversity of contemporary art from Russia, including both established and emerging artists.

The room seems to me to be a universal “container”, a three-dimensional blank sheet, which can accommodate any state, as if to catch it for a while. We are constantly confronted with various spaces that need to be aligned with our desires and intentions. The artist, no matter how he tries to push this framework apart in his practices, still faces the space of a gallery or residential space. The state of the room is unnatural, we are part of the world - but in order to feel protected, we cut off equal pieces from it, with straight walls again and again. The world is too big and chaotic, and in order to hear our voice, to become manifested in it, we need privacy, our corner, the way even temporary. We equally need to be something separate from the world and at the same time be part of it. The issue of this balance concerns me for a long time, and I try to comprehend it while working with the image of the room. The half-empty rooms of my embroideries are at the same time like sketches of installations, temporary conditions that I create to be heard by the big world. And at the same time, this is a conversation with myselth - since all the elements are equal, the corner of the wall and the flying elements are sewn with the same thin line. Their materiality is not clear and becomes a barely perceptible state, as if caught in sensation or feeling, and the room here is rather way of introspection.

text by Asya Marakulina

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