Uliana Podkorytova

29.03.2019 – 21.04.2019

Triumph Gallery, Moscow


Marina Bobyleva

Uliyana Podkoritova is a Russian artist who works with paintings, video, ceramics, and in the genre of installations. In 2016 she was nominated for the "Innovation" premium in the nomination "New generation" for the "Oblique" project (project  "Start").

In the frameworks of the "Рай’ок" project in the Triumph Gallery, Podkoritova will present graphics, ceramics, and video created specifically for the exhibition. United into a single system, these works serve as illustrations of the fictional reality made by the artist; existing at the intersection of the modern mythology of the internet and Russian folklore. 


The key place at the exposition will be taken by the mini-mystery. Before the spectator will present six characters from the graphic series that will tell stories created based on modern texts taken from from the internet but executed with the peculiar to folk singing elements.

The mistake in the name of the exhibition is intentional. On the one hand, it is a reference to print engravings where grammatical errors were commonly seen because they were carved by illiterate masters. On the other hand, this errative forms from two words: "heaven" and "okay"; it refers to the internet folklore enriched with various neologisms and achieved through the splicing of words. At the same time, "Rayok" is an ancient kind of folk theatre, and rayoshniki are artists who travel to trade fairs showing various scenes from life, famous people, and foreign cities; in sum, informing people of the current news using a small box with magnifying glasses - a prototype of modern television and internet. 

Podkoritova reexamines the stereotypes that fill the modern informative space. She debunks them, making them laughable and putting it into a new context, either fairy or bilibino or popular, even, reality. When trying on herself images inspired by the folk tales, the artists immerses the spectator into the world of her own,  "Russian folk hallucinosis".