EGOCENTRIYA Project in Saratov

March 30 – April 17, 2016
A.P. Bogolyubov Saratov Art College
59 University street, Saratov, Russia

Egocentriya is a creative project of the Volga Regional Department of the Russian Academy of Arts and the Creative Artists’ Union of Russia executed under the auspices of the Russian Ministry of Culture, V. Surikov Moscow State Art Institute, Ministry of Culture of the Saratov Region, A. P. Bogolyubov Saratov Art College.  On display in Saratov are over 60 paintings.  

The Head of the Creative Workshop of the Volga Regional Department of the Russian Academy of Arts and the Creative Artists’ Union of Russia, Vice-President and Academician of the Russian Academy of Arts, Head of the Volga Regional Department of the Russian Academy of Arts, President of the Creative Artists’ Union of Russia, Honored Artist of Russia Konstantin Khudyakov.

Head of the project: Vyacheslav Ereschuk
Curators’ group: Svetlana Kuznetsova, Vera Lagutenkova
Participants: 16 young artists, graduates and students of V. Surikov Moscow State Art Institute representing the Creative Workshop of the Volga Regional Department of the Russian Academy of Arts and the Creative Artists’ Union of Russia: Andrey Arkhipov, Cristina Strunkova, Nickolai Neuman, Yulia Malinina,  Maria Belaya, Asmik Melkonyan, Maria Averina, Anastasia Omelchenko, Fyodor Petrick, Anna Selina, Liza Zhilkina, Elizaveta Tulchinskaya, Polina Suvorova, Alena Fedotkina, Galina Ereschuk, Vyacheslav Ereschuk.  

The exhibition EGOCENTRIYA is a story about the solipsistic view of the world and statement of the inconsistency of this vision.  Is Ego the essence of creativity? Is Ego a center of reality perception? Egocentriya is a neologism aimed at explaining the solitude of an artist, this is an illness of art and the only way for the art to exist. The exhibition participants have tried to find the proper distance to the man and then to look at themselves through the eyes of others. From the one hand, the ego-center of an artwork does not have any personification, from the other – all the works of this project are about a person, the form of mythological understanding of ourselves.  

The artists had to answer several questions. What speaks about a person more: his presence or absence? What is our personality? What prevents us to be the people we want to be? How can we explain the things that are not on the logic surface of a material world? The answers to these questions are included in the following five sub-projects:

Person without Landscape – images of the place without inhabitants. Is the world for one person a nightmare or happiness? Camera obscura, daguerreotype capturing only the stationary.

Model Kit – an attempt to look into our own memory and fish our fragments of images of things very important and absolutely random, attractive or negative.  An attempt to understand how our perception works. What will be left from our reality if we do not have an opportunity to communicate with the world?  

Ressentiment – transfer of responsibility for your fate on anyone or anything. An outcry of curse, a sigh of humility. An indifferent statement. The result is a sublimation of the complex of vulnerability to forces that may affect us.

Alter-ego – the search for yourself in the image of another. The search within yourself for what can not belong to one person.

Free mythology. When there are no words for the expression of feelings and emotions, then there is a myth. When any metaphor risks becoming a banality, the artist turns to iconography.  


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