16 - 28 february
pavilion of contemporarry art
Chernyshevskogo 55, Barnaul, Russia
+7 3852 36925
this project is dedicated to the tragic
events in Beslan in 2004
the name of the project translates as
EVENT but in Russian the prefix "so" suggests a play on the words "event",
"being" and "co-existence".
We have had many attacks before Beslan,
but this time it was the most outrageous and absurd act of brutality, where
fully armed adults were shooting in the backs of the children who were
trying to run away from the school where they were captured for 3 days
without food and water...
Beslan was very different from previous
attacks - at that time the whole big country became united like one family,
many many people could not watch news without tears when this was happening.
The question is: WHY only a great grief can unite us and make us
remember that we are humans not just population or a community of consumers?
if everything happens for a reason - WHY such things happen? WHY do we
keep electing governors who are not responsible for their decisions and
who keep making us the victims of their mistakes? WHY do we let politicians
use our racial, religious and cultural differences to manipulate
our minds? are we mersmerized? or so ignorant? or both? WHY are we so reluctant
to look for the answers in ourselves?
these and other questions I was asking
myself when I was working on soâùôéå. this project is not meant to remind
people that they are behind different sides of barricades. hopefully
people who come to my show would wake up for a moment and become less passive
and careless about their own lives. i wanted to stir up some questions
that have no answers and make people notice similarities that unite us
rather than look for differences that make us enemies.
2006 alexei biryukoff