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"Domophone"

2003-06-26 - Photographs, object, sound. Prague Biennale 1, Curated by E. Lazareva


Contemporary art is per definitionem international, though the artist’s origin still has significance. National identity, consciously or subconsciously appearing through homogeneous traits, is one of its main aspects, as are personal peculiarities, which underline the unique nature of the artwork. At the same time the national identity often becomes the subject of political speculation and the “small change” for art-market specialists.
The Domophone explores the theme of multicultural integration and the place of nations within the international context. Like most of the emigrants in Berlin from the Soviet and post-Soviet Russia (about 300,000 of Berlin population of 3.5 million) I have to redefine my own national identity not only as Russian but as post-Soviet as well.

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© Elena Kovylina, 2003-2008