Maria Sakirko

30.09.2014 – 19.10.2014

Central Exhibition Hall “Manege”, Moscow


Part of the Great Expectations project.


Trained as a mathematician, whilst still at university Maria Sakirko discovered a knowledge that exists in science but not in art. In mathematics there is much theory surrounding the subject of prediction. The theory of imaginary numbers, for Sakirko, is something akin to psycho-geography – imagined numbers, after all, are not just about the future, they are about everything. Sakirko is increasingly occupied by a question: “In mathematics it is becoming increasingly possible to see the images of imaginary numbers, but can we see an imaginary photograph?” She searches for different ways to transform the theory and observation of artistic form into a new visual image, to combine science and art, with a full understanding of what science speaks of and a sense of how it can “resonate” in art. After all, what may at times be lacking in mathematics or physics for an understanding of the world, and hence for human consciousness, may be found in art... A different logic — perhaps mathematical?! — has to be applied to art.


One of Maria Sakirko's first projects, Imaginary Photography, concerns the theme of the combination of the real and the imagined, fantasy and the objective image, the overflowing of the present into the past and the future. Maria invents algorithms for the conjunction of the real and imagined and tells the story of the unstable relationships between sight, memory and knowledge, the story of the unreliability of vision and eyes, of the contradictions between the word and the image, between fact and invention. As a foundation, the artist takes chance formulations of the image, the basis for which is a number, a certain invented algorithm for the joining of the real and the imagined.


The projects presented within the framework of Great Expectations are woven into a unified canvas – the personal history of the author, the current state of selection and transition into something new. But this transition is taking place in two dimensions – the real (a search for oneself in a new space – from a mathematician into an artist) and the imagination (the imagined). Reality is a part of the imagination, and by overcoming the real axis, the author enters into an imagined space – this is the mathematical method that Sakirko applies in her everyday life. There is poetry in Sakirko's art – the poetry of numbers, sounds, images.