Exhibition “Excerpts From Correspondence With Friends” by the Russian artist Anastasia Potemkina’s is going to open in the gallery Peresvetov Pereulok in Moscow on the 13th of June. It will present the continuation of the artistic research, which Potemkina began in the Triumph gallery in Moscow in September 2016 (exhibition “Bad Seed Renaissance”), and continued in Pavilleon in Zurich in October 2016.
Anastasia Potemkina works with a variety of means of conveying the image: from drawing and photography to stage performance with actors and sound installations. In her artistic practice one of the important areas of research is associated with wild urban plants which interest the artist from the sociological point of view – as a projection of a marginal part of society which is not protected by any social guarantees, which literally exists on the sidelines, outside the class structure.
The city is a natural reservoir for a multitude of biological species competing for a living space in which they parasitize and reincarnate, and some become oppressed. Ruderal flora symbolizes various oppressed species: women, ethnic and social minorities. The new edem, created by the artist, is a place without hierarchies, a place dominated by matriarchy and a new urban ecology. The main formula of this post-apocalyptic space is “ecology instead of politics and biology instead of religion.”