20.09.2020 – 05.10.2020

Exhibition of works by Elena Artemenko
The series of sculptures crafted in residency recreates the plasticity of soft materials deformed under the pressure of external force (in this case, a human hand). As a model for future works, the artist chose foam rubber, which is easily malleable but swiftly returns to its previous shape. By reproducing the solidified tension of foam rubber in marble, the artist deprives the material of its resistive force, forcing it to set in a bent, subordinate condition. Foam rubber here acts as a metaphor for the human body, subject to constant violent pressure. What should the force of impact be for the body to stop springing back to its original shape and freeze in the moment?

Elena Artemenko
1988, Moscow
She studied Journalism at the Kuban State University and Media Art at the Rodchenko Moscow School of Photography and Multimedia. The artist's media of choice are sculpture and video.

Artemenko has participated in the 5th Ural Industrial Biennale (Yekaterinburg, 2019), the 6th Moscow International Biennale for Young Art (Moscow, 2018), WRO Media Art Biennale (Wroclaw, Poland, 2017), Alternative Film/Video Festival (Belgrad, Serbia, 2016), Internationale Kurzfilmwoche Regensburg (Germany, 2015), European Media Art Festival: EMAF (Osnabrück, Germany, 2017 & 2014), and many other exhibitions and festivals in Russia and abroad.

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