The thematic constant of this exhibition refers to the formal cause of Aristotele – The focus is on the “appearance” of things. Structures, patterns and shapes are taken out of their context and combined to form a new statement.
Alexandra Zaitseva and Lars Kollros (Austria/Germany) In the framework of St. Petersburg Art Residency
The title of the exhibition 18+ is an allusion to the key trait in the relationships between the Russians and the government — the permanent attempt to slip away from the firing line. Thus, after the 18+ stamp, many educational books on homosexuality can be officially sold in book stores without making the authors fear special attention or persecution. It is an elegant way to disobey that surprisingly developed after many years of oppression. It can be perceived as an abstract form of protest. This exhibition is dedicated to different protest opportunities.
The textual elements in the works of Nazım Ünal Yılmaz, Sascha Alexandra Zaitseva und Ulrike Johannsen appear as visual codes, exposing rather than explaining something but demanding utter attention. Speaking to the viewer directly they offer individual access to the narrative thread of the works. Sometimes we do not necessarily want to hear the stories that are told to us. Read my lips! invites us to listen well.
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