Nemo / Paris (FR) 2009
Baignes Numérique (FR) 2010
Russie! (IT) 2010
Galerie Charlot (FR) 2011
Art Paris (FR) 2011
This installation presents the genuine correspondence of a child with her parents from whom she was separated in Stalinist Russia. Five authentic letters, written by Marina Kuznetsova while in a Soviet orphanage, unveil the mind of a child growing up in that troubled time. The visitor witnesses the evolution of the girl growing up in isolation, yet still searching for connection with her mother who had been sent to a gulag. The installation reveals itself gradually, like forgotten memories slowly coming to light. Five envelopes, adorned with animated postal stamps, are arranged on a desktop reminiscent of a 1930s-era post office. On a projection screen before the visitor an elderly woman appears, silent and waiting. When the visitor opens one of the letters its essence is kindled on the screen and a voice is heard reading it aloud. The past becomes present, resurrected from the page into an experience of sight and sound.
But even in darkness threads of light are visible, in paper and ink.
Cruelty that’s casual is the most disturbing of all.
We make our own memories, ring by ring, until the day comes when we,
too, are uprooted.
element among its geometric ones.
sprinkle a bit of this or that, and you can cook up whatever
that produces towers like melodies in a set of musical variations.
A true hands-on experience…
instead of scaling the walls from without, doesn’t mean
you’re any less of a beast.
is infinite does it matter?
Payback takes on a life of its own, ceaselessly feeding upon itself.