Ekaterina Serikova. Strong Links
Date: May 4 — June 18, 2023
Venue: 10/1 Gogolevsky Blvd., SCA Rooms
Curated by Lusya Yangirova
Curator for the Young Artist Support Program: Daria Kamyshnikova
The Moscow Museum of Modern Art and the Free Workshops School of Contemporary Art present the Strong Links project by artist Ekaterina Serikova. The exhibition is part of the MMOMA Young Art Support Program.
In her project, Ekaterina Serikova addresses several themes at the same time: self-protection, corporeality, and the relationship between the individual and society. The artist also reflects on comfort zones and seeks to capture the state of transition from escapism to adaptation to the environment and vice versa. A great deal of attention in the project is paid to clothing and its purpose: it can perform the functions of convenience and comfort, pay tribute to fashion, or serve as a protective shell.
Working with the theme of corporeality, Serikova is inspired by Michelangelo’s sculptures, his monumental approach and the powerful sculpting of volumes. The body in the artist’s works is a form for holding clothes. In some installations, the body is completely displaced, and voids are formed in these places. The child portrait is an equally important part of the exhibition. Ekaterina Serikova standardizes the portrait, combining archival photographs and 3D models.
The exhibition includes installations of textiles, plaster, clay, wood, yarn and clothing parts, as well as graphics and digital collages. All of the installations will be shown for the first time — the artist took plaster casts, created frames, and sewed clothing elements herself.
About the artist
Ekaterina Serikova is an interdisciplinary artist, working across installation, graphics, digital collage, and painting. She graduated from the Surikov Moscow State Academic Institute (Painting Department) and the Free Workshops School of Contemporary Art (MMOMA). Her works can be found in private collections in Russia, Greece and Germany. She lives and works in Moscow.
Free Workshops School of Contemporary Art
The School of Contemporary Art Free Workshops is the Moscow Museum of Contemporary Art educational platform for young artists and curators. The School was founded in 1992 by a group of artists and art critics, including Alexander Ponomarev, Vladimir Kupriyanov, Vladimir Nasedkin, MSU professors Vera Dazhina and Valery Turchin. At the School, students have the opportunity to study with the best teachers, successful cultural figures, famous philosophers and contemporary art theorists. During their studies, young artists and curators are immersed in the art world, participating in master classes, group exhibitions and festivals. Being a part of the Museum, Free Workshops offer students a unique opportunity to study theoretical and practical aspects of contemporary art, being in its epicenter. At all stages of the artist’s development, the Museum and the School provide significant support: participation in group exhibition projects (Workshop annual exhibition of young art, group projects of young curators), the opportunity to organize the first personal exhibition (MMOMA Young Art Support Program).
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