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Effect of presence

©  photographies by Olga Dospekhova ( unless otherwise stated )

Distance creates a new look at the environment. When I came back home to Saint Petersburg after two years of studies in France, I discovered the changes in my neighbourhoods. The word that was coming into my head all the time : abandonment, desolation. Abandonment of city projects, abandonment of people. Indifference.

A beautiful seaside, now this place is filling up with the sand. There was a talk about a huge architectural project for this place, with a lot of investment. The reality is - there is one small port building, quickly made, and a desert of durty sand around. This process is going on during the years and now this territory reminds me the desolate martian landscape.

By covering the surfaces of stones the bright color, I wanted to make an artistic intervention on this site and bring a focus on this landscape, create a kind of fragile map which would archive this place and in some way to tell  : « I am with you ».

The documetation of process was created during the intervention and shown at the art centre Pushkinskaya-10 .

"The project of Olga Dospekhova was created during the International Residency program at the art centre Pushkinskaya-10. It is an experiment researching the impact of color on the usual enviroment. The artistic principle – fragile and active at the same time - enters the deserted coast landscape of the Gulf of Finland. The bright matter carefully covers the rough stones, begins a dialogue with the space and becomes a tool for mastering the space in on-line environment." Anastasia Patsey

Curated by Anastasia Patsey


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