MOSCOW.- The Moscow Museum of Modern Art
presents Anastasia Khoroshilova. ĞRusskieğ. Curated by: Georgy Nikich, Constance de Malleray. The exhibition will be on view through January 4, 2009.
Georgy Nikich, art historian, curator of the project wrote: Russians (Russkie) are not a nationality, a country, a way of life, a religion, or a community. They are a vector of history and science that was studied by the artist both before and after Perestroika and then completed by an insight into Russia from Europe and, in the last two years, several special trips in the European part of the country, the Urals, and the Russian North.
Khoroshilova hasnt been searching for her Russians, nor has she identified them; rather, she recognized them somehow and accepted them as they are. Russians always gaze straight into our eyes, but the looks on their faces are never directed by the artist. The characters are not part of some mythology they are shown just as they would have presented themselves.