Entry Title: "Relics"
Category and Expertise: Photography, Professional
Relics is a look at lesser-known museums of Moscow.This series concentrates on how one era chooses to represent itself to another. In looking at non-art as art, it examines the political and aesthetic choices one must make when picking out an artifact for posterity, be it a piece of rock, a bird skeleton, a video loop of a presidential inauguration, or the jumpsuit of an Intel factory worker.
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This unilateral reframing of the museums official narrative also includes the museums visitors, guards, and docents. Most of the latter have spent decades confined to these rooms, and their personal environment has begun to interlace with the curated worlds they inhabit, creating unauthorized hybrid spaces. The worn chairs; the potted plants clinging to life on windowsills and landings; the elderly ladies dressed in the same color scheme as the rooms they are guarding; Relics regards all of them with the same remove and respect as the artifacts on display. In doing this, it both comments on and embodies arts dismal tendency to make relics out of everything it touches.
40x50 sm digital prints from medium format film negative