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moscow city government
moscow city department of culture
russian academy of arts
moscow museum of modern art
the school of contemporary art «free workshops»

Hero4Hero Group: Roman Ivanishchev, Kseniya Frolova
Date: FEBRUARY 23 — MARCH 25, 2018

The curator of the MMOMA Program for Support to Young Artists: Daria Kamyshnikova

The Moscow Museum of Modern Art together with the Center for Contemporary Art Zarya (Vladivostok) presents an exhibition of the Hero4Hero group (Roman Ivanischev and Ksenia Frolova) titled MANNA.

The research exhibition MANNA is Hero4Hero’s artistic response to the Sikhote-Alin meteorite — one of the largest meteorites in the world — which fell on the Sikhote-Alin Mountains in Primorye in 1947. On the one hand, the project invites viewers to consider the meteorite as a medium between the man and the cosmos, on the other, it explores the meteorite’s impact on the economic and social environment of the site where it landed.

The exhibition unfolds in the three halls of the museum. The first hall features a fragment of the Sikhote-Alin meteorite. The indentations on its surface testify to the heating the space rock suffered during its passage through the atmosphere. The meteor itself, as the Soviet Russian astrophysicist Vasily Fesenkov suggested, was part of the asteroid belt which formed as a result of the explosion of a planet. This physical evidence of cosmic processes along with AR objects created by the artists provides various perspectives on the universe drawing the viewer away from the anthropocentric worldview. In the second hall, taking inspiration from Strugatsky’s Stalker, the artists analyze the impact of the meteorite on the life of a desolated village called Beitsukhe (later renamed Meteoritnoye) located near the meteorite shower. For the inhabitants of the Meteoritnoye village who rely mostly on hunting and gathering «celestial debris» became a means of earning extra income. The exhibition concludes with a video from the expedition Hero4Hero undertook to the site of the Sikhote-Alin meteorite landing in 2017.

To fully immerse yourself in the exhibition please download the ARGIN application and scan the picture of the meteorite on a e-invitation available on the «MANNA» project website.

The museum and the artists thank the Museum of World History and personally Segey Petukhov for providing a fragment of the Sikhote-Alin meteorite for the exhibition.

Project team:

Roman Ivanishchev (author)
Ksenia Frolova (author)
Vitaliy Berkov (photographer)
Nikita Bernadskiy (photographer)
Dina Belenko (photographer)
Vera Koroleva (graphic arts)
Tatiana Kondrashina (designer)
Alexey Zvonkov (camera operator)
Olesya Rostovskaya (composer, musician)

About the MMOMA School of Contemporary Art «Free Workshops»

The School of Contemporary Art ‘Free Workshops" is an educational center of the Moscow Museum of Modern Art for young artists and curators working in contemporary art. The School was set up in 1992 by a group of artists and art historians. Students of the School have an opportunity to study theoretical and practical aspects of contemporary art under eminent lecturers, distinguished figures of culture, philosophers and theorists of contemporary art. The Museum and the School offer their support to young artists at different stages of their artistic career through the organization of group exhibition projects (annual exhibitions of young art «Workshop»), solo shows (Program of support to young art «Debut», program «The First Floor»), as well as the acquisition of their works for the MMOMA collection.

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