EKATERINA LAZAREVA

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Exhibitions:
Lines of Communications. National Center for Contemporary Art, Moscow. June 18 - 27, 2010. Curators - Vladislav Efimov, Vitali Patsukov.
Komentatorki / Women Commentators Festival. National Museum in Warsaw, Królikarnia, Warsaw. October 3-26, 2014. Curator - Katia Krupennikova.

 

 

History Lessons (Monument to Dzerzhinky)

2010

C-print on paper, 200х100, shelf, chalks, spray cans

The work addresses one of the most odious monuments of the Soviet epoch – the monument to Felix Dzerzhinsky, leader of VChK-OGPU (All-Russian Extraordinary Commission for Combating Counter-Revolution and Sabotage). Erected in 1958 in front of the KGB building and dismantled in 1991 with approving rumble of many thousands crowd the monument was then moved to Muzeon Park that hosted many outcast statues of Soviet propaganda. Nowdays the "Iron Felix" continues to attract political extremists (Stalinists, Neo-Nazi etc) while the intelligentsia still projects an image of KGB bloody regime horrors on the Left idea in general, in the meantime the State Parliament have repeatedly (in 1998, 2002, 2008) discussed the idea to return the monument under the KGB walls. In the installation the artist unrolls the monument pedestal covered with numerous protest inscriptions into a blackboard accompanying it with chalks and spray cans that immediately provoke the viewers for self-expression. The case study of vandalism becoming part of civil liberties turns an examination of the border between the artwork and its spectators.

 

Ekaterina Lazareva. History Lessons. 2010
Ekaterina Lazareva. History Lessons. 2010

 

Ekaterina Lazareva. History Lessons. 2010
Ekaterina Lazareva. History Lessons. 2010

 

Ekaterina Lazareva. History Lessons. 2010
Ekaterina Lazareva. History Lessons. 2010. View of installation

 

Ekaterina Lazareva. History Lessons. 2010
Ekaterina Lazareva. History Lessons. 2010. View of installation

 

Ekaterina Lazareva. History Lessons. 2010
Ekaterina Lazareva. History Lessons. 2010. View of installation

 

 

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