Special Preview Screening:
Natalia Skobeeva – Memento Mori Moscow 2011
Special Project, 4th Moscow Biennale Of
3 – 4 December 2011
Private view | Screening: Saturday 3 December,
4.30 – 8 pm
Trinity ∴ are pleased to invite you to a Special Preview Screening and Reception for Natalia Skobeeva’s project ‘Memento Mori Moscow 2011’ – originally shown as part of the 4th Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art, 2011.
Memento Mori is a site-specific project by Natalia Skobeeva taking place in seven European metropolises over the course of seven years. First project of the series took place in London in 2009, second in Istanbul in 2010 and third in Moscow in 2011. Each Memento Mori project can be viewed as an autonomic piece and together they form a complete body of work.
Skobeeva believes that play is the most natural state for experiences to be gained and for boundaries to be questioned. Posing a question to each city, she invites cities to play with the idea, and to adopt and transform it. The result is an Intervention in the city’s commuter routes during rush hour, and a video piece documenting the city’s experiences. Skobeeva is interested in communicating with cities during their period of transformation, when the city is found in a liminal space. The artist is looking to explore the subconscious of each city by creating the subtle uncanny situations during the unstable hours of transformation. The specific locations relate directly to the cities, as places of transience, for example bridges in London, roads in Moscow and ferries in Istanbul. The idea is played out over seven different routes in each city.
Communication of the artist with each city happens on many levels and includes negotiations with the city’s authorities in order to obtain needed permissions, and meeting local art-world using modern facilities and technologies such as social networking sites.
Memento Mori Moscow 2011 or MMM is the third of seven Memento Mori projects.
The artist worked with the idea of a carpet as a symbol of achievements and prosperity, which goes back many decades and many city’s generations. In the past, every hard-working young family one day would buy a carpet as a “we made it” sign, so that almost every house would end up having very similar mass-produced, artificial “luxury” items. Nowadays, carpets are looked down upon, with hard-working young families preferring to show off their standing with branded clothes and cars.
Incorporating important urban features of the city, the project took place on the most engaged routes of transportation – its roads. During evening rush hour, seven roads were paved with carpets, while the cars continue driving on their usual routes.
Having lived in 6 different countries and traveled to more then 50 countries, Skobeeva’s personal biography interplays with her exploration of the current state of human affairs. For this project in Moscow to happen, Skobeeva has spend 7 month liaising with and obtaining permissions from the city’s officials and involved organisations, including Mayor of Moscow office, Department of Culture, Prefecture SVAO and State Road Traffic Safety Inspection among others. Memento Mori projects in London and Istanbul were supported by Mayor of London Office, Westminster Council, City of London Corporation, European Capital of Culture 2010 Committee and Mimar Sinan University among others. In the 4 coming years Skobeeva plans to take Memento Mori to 4 other European cities.
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