13.09.2018 – 14.10.2018
The Optika pavilion at VDNKH Park, Moscow
ZAPOVEDNIK research group
At The Fringes is an exhibition organized by the Department of Research Arts, a center for artistic research projects focused on the Russian space. This new project shows the life at the fringes and in the border territories of Russia.
Cohesiveness of space, in Russia and globally, is heterogeneous that leads to modern forms of geographic inequality. The heterogeneity can be observed as some parts of the country are better known while others remain "uncharted territories"; the project takes this disparity as its starting point. The "Moscow optics" largely determine the perception of the outskirts that are usually subjected to top-down calls for development, growth and integration into the "mainland". Conversely, the vantage point of the fringes is radically different from the "Moscow optics" and even happens to be at odds with the Moscow perspective in some respects. At The Fringes questions the dominance of a single outlook and proposes to consider a diversity of points of view. The exhibition encompasses archival, ethnographic and interdisciplinary projects that tap into artistic imagination, cultural memory and mythology.