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Anastasia Potemkina. When Flowers Cast No Shadows
Анастасия Потемкина, Marchantia polymorpha, 2019
Анастасия Потемкина, Marchantia polymorpha, 2019
Date: October 17 — November 17, 2019

Curator: Andrey Parshikov

The Moscow Museum of Modern Art and Smart Art, a consulting agency promoting contemporary Russian artists, present solo exhibitions by two contemporary artists: «When Flowers Cast No Shadows» by Anastasia Potemkina and «Continuous Function» by Daria Irincheeva. Anastasia Potemkina’s exhibition describes a future civilization, where different approaches to cognition are equally respected and various species coexist in harmony. Daria Irincheeva’s project explores the contemporary world’s living conditions and daily routines, which still allow some space for dreams and fantasies. These two exhibitions are a continuation of the strategic collaboration between Smart Art and the Moscow Museum of Modern Art aimed at supporting young artists.

Anastasia Potemkina’s new project relates a utopian story. The theme of the visible and invisible worlds of the plant kingdom, which the artist has begun exploring in the project «Laboratory of Urban Fauna», has laid the foundations of her creative method that she continues to develop in the present exhibition. The project’s title refers to the motto of the 5th Berlin Biennale that at that time became a manifesto of political minimalism in art. The exhibition is a total installation created as a mosaic — one can see the whole picture only by arranging all the pieces together in the right way. As viewers walk across the halls, the exhibition acquaints them with the functioning of the plant kingdom in the post-human world where the plants communicate through chemical compounds and reactions. In this world there is no need for human presence and care. The exhibition describes the after-language world as a new opportunity, a new hope and a new future not just for the Western civilization but also for human civilization or even for the whole natural world.


Anastasia Potemkina

Anastasia Potemkina was born in Moscow in 1984. In 2008, she graduated from the Moscow Institute of Architecture (State Academy). In 2012-2013, she studied at the Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna. In 2014, her solo exhibition A Few Words about Civility took place at the TAYGA space, St. Petersburg. She participated in a number of group projects including Angry Birds, Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw (2012); The Way of Enthusiasts, Casa dei Tre Oci, Venice (2012); IK-00: The Spaces of Confinement, Casa dei Tre Oci, Venice (2014); Young Blood, Winzavod Center for Contemporary Art, Moscow (2016). Since 2011, she’s a founding member of the Urban Fauna Laboratory. She lives and works in Moscow.

Smart Art

SmartArt is an art consultancy closely working with Russian contemporary artists. The company was initiated with a desire to further broaden the understanding and appreciation for these artists’ oeuvre through various projects and educational initiatives. The artists’ practices range in medium and subject matter. Some work in traditional practices such as painting, photography and sculpture; others work in installation and various innovative forms of expression by utilizing research in urban environment, astronomy, history, gender studies and new technologies. SmartArt is also looking to develop the Russian contemporary art market through the new generation of artists and collectors. The company acts as a mediator between these two parties and introduces new platforms for their interaction.


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