• ksenia yurkova

    Empty Expectations 2015-2017



    Photography actualizes the shape; its status and condition are placed outside brackets. Photography is the modality of the latent image, poised between life and extinction. Each shape is the Golem. Non-living substance. The deal with reality. Alchemy is always a deal. Material existence is instinct with destrudo, the desire for death. Destrudo is the pursuit of the elemental. It inscribes itself into the act of assembly. Space is penetrated by this tranquility. 
    Bodies, nonspatial essences, stand in extensional regularity to one another. The human being can’t achieve order, but his eyes aspire to it infinitely. Destrudo is ineffectual usage of the shape, the substitute for creativity and utility. To misuse, to disassemble and to look: what is inside and how does it burn? To burn for the sake of pleasure from the flare. Just as relationships, which are on the opposite side of symbiosis. This project is a way of witnessing the condition of the gradual destruction and transformation of self-conception and personal relations, through the materiality of visual identities and mediums. Just as a human being, consisting of about thirty non-organic chemical elements, ultimately decays to create new life forms, human relations are subject to disintegration, to changes in their aggregation conditions. They decay into basic elements to find themselves in new sequences. This project appears itself in a complicated multilayer construction with a conglomeration of interrupted narratives, reflections on the material, stereotypes about the image – all mixed with the ironic pathos of seriousness, inherent to an alchemist ripping up the mystery of nature. Visual language develops itself in a set of links and attitudes. Almost like verbal one does. Whereas a word frames, encloses a part of the world (photography does it literally), then a word’s juxtaposition may cause a possibility of metatext; as well as a possibility to the words to change their own meaning. Working with a straight and modified image in this manner may cause a bad joke in spectacular’s perception. Each element of the sequence would be called in question. Visual language camouflages behind the façade of its own failure. Defining at the same time a new dimension of visual space with the help of collaborations inside its structure.