Genda Fluid, Ulyana Podkorytova in the first exhibition project of "GES-2" House of Culture
When Gondola Engines Were Taken to Bits
04.12.2021 – 13.03.2022
Venue: "GES-2" House of culture. 15 Bolotnaya Embankment
Curator: Ragnar Kjartansson
The project "When Gondola Engines Were Taken to Bits” is dedicated to the transformative and liberating power of carnival. Artists, choreographers, playwrights, musicians, composers and comedians are reinventing carnival together to understand what it can be today and how it can be used as a theme and artistic method.
In The Light of my Life*, Genda Fluid (Antonina Baever) translates into English one of the main songwriters of the 1990s, Arkady Slavorosov, the author of the eponymous hit written for Tatyana Bulanova. She attempts to see the lyrics from a different angle, raising the touching stories to a higher level.
The multi-part project by Ulyana Podkorytova Tamotka is a tribute to the folklore traditions of the Russian North (the Pomorye region that borders the Northern Ocean) and a contemporary tale about the future of nature and technology. The main character is dressed in wooden armour, reminiscent of ancient Russian architecture. She must perform an old Pomor spell to rouse the wind and restore the flow of a river, and she overcomes various obstacles on her path. The plot, comparable to modern superhero films, is inspired by the tales of the Pomor writers Stepan Pisakhov and Boris Shergin, and by the folk culture of the region, where traditions remain strong.
Photo: Ivan Erofeev