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Алена Бударина. Пьета
Гала Измайлова. Mutus Piscis
Екатерина Муромцева. Азбука (серия)
Катрин Ненашева. Наказание
Слава Птрк. Страна советов
Date: March 31 — May 1, 2017
Venue: MMOMA, 10 Gogolevsky Boulevard, Moscow

Curator of the exhibition: Maria Bulatova
Curator of the MMOMA Program for Support to Young Artists: Daria Kamyshnikova

The Moscow Museum of Modern Art is pleased to present the group exhibition of the alumni of the «Free Workshops» School of Contemporary Art titled «Guilty!». The exhibition runs as part of the MMOMA Program for Support to Young Artists.

A sense of guilt haunts people every single day. Regrets about what might have been, unattainable futures, unfulfilled promises, unsaid words and missed opportunities. To obsess over one’s own imperfection and demand of oneself what one cannot achieve does not allow one to spread one’s wings, feel free and be happy.

Each person is characterized by his or her own repressed emotions and thoughts. However we shouldn’t underestimate the role of the collective unconscious shared by generations. Even if it seems to us that we do not feel collective guilt, it may in fact reside in the deeper unconscious levels of our mind. Is an individual responsible for faults of government leaders or decisions taken in the society of which he or she is a part? Are we powerless in the face of the government regime, given our seeming inability to influence the course of history? Are we ready to stop playing victim and to take responsibility? The moral law teaches us to cultivate in ourselves universal virtues that both guide each individual through his or her life and are requisite for the survival of humankind as a whole. Are we capable of giving up our individual well-being for a shared future?

Pondering the theme of guilt the artists draw from various sources: literature and its formative influence in terms of providing moral reference points from childhood, the present social and political climate and the turmoil experienced by the artists in their personal relationships. It is hard to live with a pervasive feeling of guilt. All of us feel fear akin to that of a child who expects to be punished for being naughty. Embodied in this fear is the notion that an authority figure is present and ready to descend, bringing all disgraceful actions to an end, before placing the culprit upon the naughty step. The latter would then recognize and admit his or her faults, apologize for them, and eventually receive forgiveness.

The exhibition «Guilty!» comprises 11 projects, which belong to different genres and are produced in various media such as photography, installation, painting and drawing.

Artists: Alena Boudarina, Varvara Grankova, Daria Gusakova, Elena Demidova, Galina Izmailova, Svetlana Isaeva, Anton Levashenko, Ekaterina Muromtseva, Katrin Nenasheva, Slava Ptrk, Elizaveta Tulchinskaya.

The «Free Workshops» School of Contemporary Art:

The «Free Workshops» School of Contemporary Art is an education center which is part of the Moscow Museum of Modern Art and is designed for young artists and curators working in the field of contemporary art. The school was set up in 1992 by a group of artists and art historians including such recognized artists. Students of the school have an opportunity to study theoretical and practical aspects of contemporary art under eminent lecturers, cultural professionals, philosophers and theorists. They can also participate in festivals, workshops and other events. The museum has joined forces with the school to offer support to artists at different stages of their artistic career through the organization of group and solo exhibitions for emerging artists, career development assistance, and the acquisition of their works into the museum’s collection.

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