exhibition "OK, America!". Curator: Peter Noever. Gallery
is a project about a man. The little man.
The little man, maybe, is the most important theme of the Russian
culture, beginning with Gogol. He is neither rich, not poor. This
man is not too intelligent, but he's not stupid either. No-one knows
him and he does not have any distinguishing characteristics. Every
morning he goes to work, and in the evening he comes back home.
Nowadays in Russia, as well as in the rest of the world, the little
man is a clerk, a cypher in a gigantic net of information.He is
the victim of a system of coercion, he's an innocent lamb unwittingly
wandering to his slaughter.
However, he has Something. This 'Something' - his private space
- is a small zone of freedom in a shoreless desert of post-industrial
society. This space, and it alone, allows him to remain a human
being as long as he stays there.
But that will not suit the Powers that be. That's why they think
of more and more perfect means of control, diminishing private space
of the little man to the bare minimum.It is likely that this control
will soon become total.
But that worries us. Because it's only our private space that remains
the zone of freedom in a contemporary world.
Only here we can sleep, put on socks, make love, squeeze spots,
defecate, crawl around the floor, vomit, pick the teeth, cry and
do art.We want to do that..
Please, leave us alone.
Photoinstallation consisted of 10 pictures placed on the wall as
if raised hands of a man yielding himself prisoner (hands up). Each
picture represents one finger and a scene from an exceptionally
private life of a "little man".