April 29 - June 13, 2021
Taisia Korotkova (b. 1980) is a contemporary Russian artist whose work confronts the complex and urgent topic of the relationship between science and humanity, including space exploration, the latest human reproduction technologies, and the legacy left by the Soviet nuclear era.
Taisia Korotkova focused on blogs of stalkers that describe their visits to abandoned objects (using a genre akin to folklore), as the impetus for her new project. The forest, in traditional fairy tales, is an important part of the story associated with the memory of the sites of rites of passage. In modern urban legends, people go to the forest in search of adventure and special experiences. A stalker who has walked this path feels nearer to being the character of a hero in a fairy tale.
In her works, Taisia Korotkova raises the question of the prehistoric roots growing through a fairy tale in modern culture. In her series of panoramic graphics, “The Dark Forest”, secret objects (that were erected mainly during the Cold War) are entwined with trees, grasses and bushes. These structures resemble both the ritual pyramids of our ancestors and science fiction future inventions.
For her work on the “The Dark Forest” series, Taisia Korotkova used the unusual material of plastic tablecloths. As a reference to the ritual of hospitality (that is part of women’s responsibility in traditional society), they become the seamy side of a militarized “male” world that creates weapons. Sewing the tablecloths into a single canvas, the artist reminds us of the role of the woman as a storyteller of fairy tales, as well as of the role that used to belong to women in ancient rites of passage.
The exhibition features more than 30 works by Taisia Korotkova created in various techniques, including the 19th‒20th C traditions of book illustration that refer to the classic fairy-tale literature.
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