COLONIAL ESCAPE

screen printing, A2, 2016
19.03 – 02.04.2016
Art space “Tishina”, St. Petersburg

“all the hearts that beat in the darkness…”
Joseph Conrad

Long before the appearance of film and digital media, paintings and drawings were principal mediators of the Age of Discovery and Colonialism. The created images were not showing the problematics, but were documenting in details the development of European art and lifestyle in the New World. Inspired by reflections from the past and taking particular works as a starting point, I thought about “Colonial Escape” through the prism of modernity. Mixing and overlapping each other, the graphic elements create an original combination, which structure is flexible, but doesn’t destroy the integrity of the whole series.



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COLONIAL ESCAPE from Stefania Smolkina on Vimeo.

THE FAR NORTH

Clouds, hills, wind and frozen sky.
The influence of the North is deep even in a philosophic way and in one‘s imagination. All dreams of the world could be seen in a place where an infinite landscape is meeting the sea. Rigorous climate is sharpen the place and people‘s character in the solid peace of its severe beauty.

Teriberka, Russia
September, 2015

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DEZE ZEE

THIS SEA
Holland, 2015
Photo, Collage

“Das Meer hat eine Stimme, die sehr veränderlich ist und die man immer hört. Es ist eine Stimme, die nach tausend Stimmen tönt. Man traut ihr vieles zu, Geduld, Schmerz und Zorn. Aber am eindrucksvollsten an dieser Stimme ist ihre Zähigkeit. Das Meer schläft nie. Man hört es immer, bei Tag, bei Nacht, durch Jahre, Jahrzehnte; man weiß, daß es vor Jahrhunderten schon gehört wurde.” Elias Canetti “Masse und Macht”

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FILMFEST “SCIFINALE”

Rückblicke auf utopische Gedanken
Wismar, März 2015
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MODULELEMENT

2014 – 2015
Audio/Video, 3 parts, 6:58 min
Photo, Aquarelle

Since almost hundred years existing first building design projects, which make it possible to replicate residential structures plenty in many places. Since 60th  Plattenbauten were selected out off political, ideological and demographic reasons as a model for architecture and style of living in the Soviet Union. Across the country, the same cities and districts have been built, so that till nowadays one can find self in a foreign city between  known buildings. The suppression of individuality and promoting for uniformity characterize also a political regime, the symbol of this is the architecture body. Types of houses as a synonym of form of existence, as the image and likeness of human reality.

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NO. 2015

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TAPE STORIES IN WALL GRAPHIC

In search for special graphic ways I´m filling walls with colored lines to build new rooms.
White spaces become a perfect canvas to create large works.
I use clean rooms as a paper in volume.

September 2015
Teriberka, Russia

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CONTROL STREAM
20.06. – 15.08.2015 Exhibition “civilisation”
Galerie KUB, Leipzig

„We know who we are only when we know who we are not and often only when we know whom we are against“ Samuel P. Huntington

Since the beginning of the conflict between Ukraine and Russia television plays a deciding role in information stream. The Government tries through „breaking news“ to show all thet only truth and one right understanding for their people. Un- breakable messages reaching it‘s destination on time, scattering hate, fear and sadness from both sides of blue screen.

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URBAN STRUCTURE
11.05.2015 Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst, Leipzig

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URBAN STRUCTURE from Stefania Smolkina on Vimeo.

MAGIC
7. 10. 2014 Leipzig

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CITY INSIDE
2 – 3.08.2014 Kalbe (Milde)
Artist in residence – scholarship, Künstlerstadt Kalbe

Stranger in an unknown area.
In areas of abandoned buildings, stories and dreams of the past can be found. On the search for understanding, one finds feelings of living energy, which is hidden behind empty streets with cats.

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HINTERLAND WAND
7. – 11. 06. 2014 Leipzig

Today forgotten, but 20 years ago was a wall hanging an important element of interior, a sign of beauty. After long existence this canon was put aside. In spatial limited cohabit wall hanging was an ongoing point for dreams.
How far have we gone away from this element?
What motives can be shown today as a part of tradition?

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ROTES MUSTER
10.05 – 23.05.2014 Exhibition “es ist Frühling”
Galerie KUB, Leipzig

Time processes that previously were asleep, laid the basis for the absurd to come back. Covered by waves of volatile pride and patriotism, to be again strong and noticeable. Nationalist and homophobic slogans lead finally to an identity of a powerful nation.
As a part of those I ask myself:
What is the nature of this anger?
Why is the social memory so short?
Why we are so easy to influence?
In water of declining joy one will wonder, why it doesn’t work, as we imagined. Someone will be named as a culprit. Innocent and disappointed again and again in eternal search for other identity we will recognize ourselves as “l’homme rouge”.

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WHIRLING WALL
8.03.2014 Gallery 2,04, St. Petersburg

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SOMETHING WITH MEMORY
Februar 2014, Leipzig

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DOLLS

Screen printing / 2014
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SEARCHING FOR ETERNAL MYSTERY AND THE JOY OF THE BOOK

Screen printing / 2014
210 / 297 mm

I pray to the unknown gods that a man – just one, even though it were thousands of years ago! – may have examined and read it. If honor and wisdom and happiness are not for me, let them be for others. Let heaven exist, though my place be in hell. Let me be outraged and annihilated, but for one instant, in one being, let Your enormous Library be justified.”

Jorge Luis Borges “The Library of Babel”

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DROWNING BY DAYS

 

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My idea in the theme “Where is outside?”: if between inside and outside there is a space, then one can loose themselves. That was my beginning.
A visual diary, 3 months of self research of everyday life in a foreign country.
An experiment of trying to translate everyday condition.
Three lines showing three different measurements:
Black is stress.
Blue is panic.
Pink is general mood.

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Screen printing   2013 / 2014
300 / 420 mm

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—VISUAL NETS— / 2013

Our view of the world is getting more complicated every day.

As more as we getting closer to a society ordered by data, we missing things that can‘t be count. The problem of information today is a lack of emotions and soul. Today through TV and computer we take part in demonstrations, wars, revolutions and other events. And this changes everything. Furthermore condition of extreme speed leaves no time to wait. I was thinking about globalization and today`s life full of information and especially my personal view of reality. Everyday we read and get more and more news. From the one side it‘s special knowledge, but from the other there are limits of perception, after that it get‘s to be informational blindness.

About this is my project.

29/06/2013  Media installation at Art Festival “Whispers and Cries” in Museum of Nonconformist art, Art Centre Pushkinskaya 10, St. Petersburg

06-10/2014   Manifesta Biennial 10, Parallel Program, Exhibition “Magnetic Field”, Rizzordi Art Foundation, St. Petersburg  www.paralleleventsm10.ru/exhibitors14

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ART KEEPER

ARTKI’m a person who works.
I don’t speak with visitors,
but I watch them not to touch,
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not to make photos.

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