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Origin of Species
Part of 'Workshop’2015. Sub Observationem' project
Curated by: Lena Vazhenina
Fantich & Young. Apex predator, 2014
Egor Svillar. Four ways to see the fish, anchor, leaf and the globe. 2014
Lena Vajenina. Origin of species. 2015
Date: July 9 - August 23, 2015
Venue: MMOMA, 17 Ermolaevsky lane

The Origin of Species is the graduation project of a young curator Lena Vazhenina, who majored in Curating Contemporary Art Exhibitions at the School of Contemporary Art Free Workshops in 2015. The project is also a part of the annual exhibition of contemporary art the Workshop’2015 Sub Observationem / Under Surveillance.

The project is inspired by some quotations from the scholarly works of a natural historian Charles Darwin, notably: ‘There is grandeur in this view of life, with its several powers, having been originally breathed into a few forms or into one; and that, whilst this planet has gone cycling on according to the fixed law of gravity, from so simple a beginning endless forms most beautiful and most wonderful have been, and are being, evolved.’ Darwin’s evolution is continuous; it is the process in constant motion. This very fact hinders our understanding of its details, our comprehension of the whole. We involved the artists who had managed to suspend evolution if only for a moment; they had managed to observe nature and Man, his position in the stream of evolution, they had got the opportunity to try and understand how organisms and cultures live and die. Anyway nature will prevail at long last. Get your eyes off the artworks and just take a closer look at one another – this very moment evolution is going on in each and every of us.

The exhibition participants: Maria Ionova-Gribina, Egor Svillar, Mila Nesterova, Maria Vladimirova, Alexander Lyubin, Mariana Fantich and Dominic Young, Lena Vazhenina, Konstantin Karabasov, Anna Nazo, Jim Wilson (The Ishaya Foundation Publishing), Setxu Xirau Roig, Mrr Chrstms, Bernhard Handick.

At the exhibition you can also hear the God’s Chorus of Crickets music by Jim Wilson (The Ishaya Foundation Publishing).