Moscow City Government
Moscow City Department for Culture
Russian Academy of Arts
Moscow Museum of Modern Art
Vadim Sidur Museum
Triumph gallery

Vladislav Kruchinsky
Free Koptevoland
Vladislav Kruchinsky, Bubbling Flesh, Composition 2, 2015, ink and watercolour on paper, 17 x 24 cm
Vladislav Kruchinsky, Bubbling Flesh, Composition 2, 2015, ink and watercolour on paper, 17 x 24 cm
Vladislav Kruchinsky. Origin of Svobodny Koptevolend, 2018, ink and watercolour on paper, 26 x 36 cm
Vladislav Kruchinsky, Currency Units of Svobodny Koptevolend, 2015, С-print on paper, 9 x 5 cm
Vladislav Kruchinsky, Currency Units of Svobodny Koptevolend, 2015, С-print on paper, 9 x 5 cm
Vladislav Kruchinsky, 2019, Transmission Tower, ink and watercolour on paper, 30 x 40 cm
Vladislav Kruchinsky, From the Renegade Police series, 2019, ink and watercolour on paper, 40 x 40 cm
Date: September, 25th — October, 27th 2019
Venue: VLADIMIR SIDUR MUSEUM, 37А, NOVOGIREYEVSKAYA STREET

Curator: Marina Bobylyeva

The Moscow Museum of Modern Art and the Vadim Sidur Museum, with the support of the Triumph gallery, present Vladislav Kruchinsky’s solo project Svobodny Koptevoland. The project delves into the origins of the territorial autonomy comprising several districts and squats in the north of Moscow. Known as the ‘Liberated Communities of the Free Koptevoland’, these territories unilaterally seceded from the Russian Federation early in 2012 to mysteriously sail up into the clouds and vanish into thin air about six months later.

Vladislav Kruchinsky will present a total installation exploring the infrastructure, political regime and sights of the Free Koptevoland (FK). The most notable among them is the Gurgling Flesh, being a fluid, pastelike life form that inundated the streets of the FK during the whole period the autonomous territory existed. The FK had an administrative system of its own, with the form reminiscent of pure democracy. The most influential FK’s political organ at play is the Technikon of Koptevoland, being the hybrid of a research institute and a political party. The territories of Koptevoland use Moscow electricity and water resources, all the way declaring their autonomy from the ‘mainland’ state. The display is centred around a transmission tower, which has several interactive modules connected through illegal current transformers and used to steal municipal electricity.

Vladislav Kruchinsky’s project Svobodny Koptevoland dwells on the problems of self-organisation, local and autonomous communities and the way their relationship with the domineering governmental structures have been developing. The project tells a fantastic story of one single urban area that by means of a radical solution transformed itself into a sort of utopia.

The project of Vladislav Kruchinsky continues the series of the Sidur Museum’s projects focused on the interaction with the local communities, while analyzing the phenomenon of locality, including urban informal communities, in its anthropological dimension.

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Vladislav Kruchinsky (born 1988Moscow) is a graphic artist, particularly engaged in political caricature. He seeks to define the present moment by the means of graphic satire, working essentially in watercolour media, his art best defined as a ‘cartoon’ — being at its core neither caricature nor a comic but rather a ‘graphic paradox’.
Kruchinsky graduated from the Russian State University of Humanities, majoring in Oriental and African Studies. His thesis was dedicated to South African political caricature and its influence on public opinion (2010). In 2016 he defended a PhD thesis in history at the Institute of Africa of the Russian Academy of Science entitled New Trends in Economic and Social Condition of the Afrikaner Community of the Republic of South Africa after the Abolition of the Apartheid Regime (1994–2015).

Selected exhibitions: Library (2019, the Triumph gallery, Moscow), Mach mit, Mach’s nach, Mach’s besser! (2018, Ex-Embassy, Berlin), Laughter in the Audience (2015, Na Shablovke gallery, Moscow), Greater Than 10 (>10) (2013,the XL gallery, the Museum of Applied Art, the Random gallery, the Center for Creative Industries Fabrika, the Moscow Museum of Modern Art, the Rodchenko Moscow School of Photography and Multimedia, the Institute of Contemporary Art, the Laboratoria Art&Science Space, Moscow), Colour Squares Mentally Enslave Class Enemy (2011, START project, the Center for Contemporary Art Winezavod, Moscow).

 

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