Adaptation /2013/

Site-specific participatory installation.

Wood, acrylic paint, 2 pieces by 94x94x60cm.


I was born in small Siberian town Tiksi situated in northern part of Yakutia republic, Russia. Now I live in Amsterdam thousands kilometers away from my original homeland. My parents were moving for better life and then naturally life kept me rolling from one place to another, every time offer new home. Cities and places were playing with me. Counted roughly, I moved myself 18 times during my 30-age history, including changing countries, cities, apartments. Changing places use a lot of energy and efforts and it’s important to stop from time to time and settle down and try to adapt yourself, your body and soul into new environment. Adaptation takes time and needs extra ability of personality to fit in new context of life. Every human being trying to find and organise certain place for a living, turn empty space into home where he can revitalise his soul and mind. Everyone needs at least own corner, where one can feel comfortable and free. But to “fit” every time into new corner and make it pleasant for being there one needs to find every time an individual solution. New cities, places, people: all made me think more flexible and make an effort to change myself under these circumstances. Past experience gives me awareness and self-confidence in solving these problems. Now I use and apply my knowledge in artistic practice showing my principle of finding effective solutions by situational thinking and improvisation based on previous experience.

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