10.04.2015 – 26.04.2015
Triumph Gallery, Moscow
Laureate of the Kandinsky Prize, Taisia Korotkova, connects science and art in her works. Graduate of The Surikov Art Institute in Moscow and the Institut Problem Sovremennogo Iskusstva paints her works in an old-fashioned manner (gesso and tempera), choosing plots from real life that remind of science fiction films. New exhibition of Taisia Korotkova is dedicated to closed facilities on Russian territory. Idea for the project was born in 2011 when Taisia visited a closed soviet mine in Kyrgyzstan for the very first time. Later on, for the duration of the past seven years, she collected materials while investigating internet-associations of small scientific cities and remembering the people that once lived in them in the 80s and 90s. She was also able to visit Institute for Theoretical and Experimental Physics and a small neighborhood in Murmansk Oblast called Teriberka.
"When working on a painting, it is very important I find one or two keywords, — the artist says, — that would as a skeleton, hold the entire body of the artistic series. When collecting the Closed Russia project, I projected them as "romantic ruins", that way addressing it to the landscape painting of the ХVII century. I was interested in showing the melancholically-contemplative feeling that is peculiar to the paintings of that time in a portrayal of interiors of NII experimental physics". Central art pieces of the series — North, South, East, and West, — present collective visions of the abandoned scientific objects on the borders of the USSR. Depicted on them: a submarine cemetery in the Murmansk region, ruins of a military town in the Bechevinsky bay, a uranium spring on the banks of Issyk-Kul, the Terra 3 laser weapon, and the destroyed Daryal radar station.
An independent series of works at the exhibition is dedicated to what was able to preserve and survive in a transitional period and, to this day, is still advancing — SNF production and disposal at the Mayak chemical plant and the Novosibirsk plant of chemical concentrates. The fallout of the USSR military shield, aging and fading of the legacy of experimental physics, burying unrecyclable chemical waste, and other outcomes in the works of Taisia Korotkova question the practicability of using human resources and valued work of millions of people for their heirs.