Annexed Crimea appears in the Ukrainian informational space thanks to civic initiatives, news about the latest arrest of a Crimean Tatar journalist by Russian intelligence services, or someone from show business violating the border regime. And when the summer holidays roll around, memories crop up of Crimean beaches and shores. But their images are increasingly becoming vague recollections - Crimea is a warm memory dragged into the darkness of political intricacies.
Inviting an artist from Kazakhstan to do a project in Ukraine may seem like speculation. But the Crimean situation is important for the entire post-Soviet space, especially those countries that border Russia and have a long history of complex relations. Immediately after the events in Crimea in 2014, there were fears in Kazakhstan over the country’s northern regions, as articles about “Southern Siberia” appeared in the Russian press. For many in Kazakhstan, Crimea became a symbol of the danger that hung over the country. But, sadly, this fear of invasion is also an illusory “guarantor of stability” for multinational Kazakhstan, in that it holds back nationalist sentiments inherent of the post-colonial syndrome. Using arthropods to address this complex topic, artist Zoya Falkova explores the nature of power, of fear and apprehension, of a history shared by post-Soviet countries.
In her work Zoya Falkova uses old images of Crimea found at flea markets in Kyiv, along with creations made by Holothele incei, Pterinochilus murinus and Ceratogyrus darlingi species of tarantulas.
During the presentation on July 5 (19:00-21:00) the artist will talk about political contexts of the Crimean issue in Kazakhstan and contemporary artistic practices that are working with current issues.
The project will continue during summer and the results will be presented in autumn 2018.
“Disappearing Peninsula” / “Southern Siberia” project will be presented till July 15 at the IZONE creative space in the partnership with IZOLYATSIA. Platform for Cultural Initiatives. The project is organized by CCA Foundationand Open Place.
Zoya Falkova has participated in many contemporary art exhibitions and festivals in the former Soviet Union and Europe, including the unofficial pavilion of Kazakhstan at the 57th Venice Biennale. In 2017, she was nominated for the Singapore Asia Pacific Breweries Foundation Art Prize. Her area of interest is the study and deconstruction of colonial and post-colonial practices (gendered, political, ecological, etc.). She works in installation, sculpture, media art, photography, painting, and drawing, and also creates poetic texts. See more http://romovayababa.com/
Residency of Zoya Falkova takes place in the framework of the Platform Art Prospect, a project which brings together arts organizations, artists, and curators from in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Tajikistan, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan. See more http://www.artprospect.org/
Platform Art Prospect is an initiative of CEC ArtsLink. CSM / Foundation Centre for Contemporary Art and Platform for interdisciplinary practice Open Place are the partners of Platform in Ukraine.