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Exhibition:
Ekaterina Lazareva. Martha Rosler's Semiotics of the Kitchen.
Video-box program.
Art-Academia Club, Moscow.
September 27, 2010
Curator - Antonio Geusa

 

 

Martha Rosler's Semiotics of the Kitchen (35 years later, Russian version)

2010

One-channel video, 5:09
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In her re-enactment of the famous early video by Martha Rosler, Semiotics of the Kitchen (1974), the Moscow-based artist Ekaterina Lazareva shows the Russian alphabet, starting with "alcohol" for "A". The distance in 35 year towards the original work by Martha Rosler, could be seen in a perspective of the increasing improvement of a contemporary woman everyday life, in many respects thanks to the feminist movement of 1970's. From another perspective the post-Soviet countries with their legacy of early woman emancipation for a long period were unacquainted with the image of a housewife as well as culinary shows. Today it seems that women have choice, but the right to choose career-plus-family and to compensate gender inequality is fulfilled by the use of domestic worker usually coming from poor countries. Our kitchens today become stages for a global inequality play represented in the video by Central Asian cauldron (kazan) and Chinese wok. In Russia working women mostly don't even realize the gender inequality that makes the feminist agenda especially relevant in this context.

Ekaterina Lazareva. Martha Rosler's Semiotics of the Kitchen. 2010
Ekaterina Lazareva. Martha Rosler's Semiotics of the Kitchen. 2010. Still from video

 

Martha Rosler's Semiotics of the Kitchen. 2010
Ekaterina Lazareva. Martha Rosler's Semiotics of the Kitchen. 2010. Still from video

 

Martha Rosler's Semiotics of the Kitchen. 2010
Ekaterina Lazareva. Martha Rosler's Semiotics of the Kitchen. 2010. Still from video

 

Martha Rosler's Semiotics of the Kitchen. 2010
Ekaterina Lazareva. Martha Rosler's Semiotics of the Kitchen. 2010. Still from video

 

 

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