2019 – 18 + – 2,04 gallery (Pushkinskaya 10) / St. Petersburg, Russia

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. 

One of the video works — a pornographic satire — was uploaded to the largest porn-sites Youporn.com, Redtube.com, Pornhub.com under the title „The great masturbatress“. This is an attack and a feminist answer of the artists to the toxic masculinity of mass pornography. The second video-work entitled „The gaze through the vulva“ invites visitors who are older than 18 to look at the world through a new unusual perspective. 

Another exhibit is a photo documentation of an artistic intervention that was organized by the authors in the public space of St. Petersburg shortly before the opening. Ceramic plates were spread through the streets of the city where they start their own new life. Some of them find a new home, others might have been destroyed. This is a part of the project „Fledwall“, in which similar sculptural objects wander around different cities worldwide.

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2019 – Sans Souci – Sascha Alexandra Zaitseva, Ulrike Johannsen – Size Matters / Vienna, Austria

Sascha Alexandra Zaitseva und Ulrike Johannsen, konfrontieren ihre Objekte das erste Mal innerhalb einer gemeinsamen Installation unter dem Titel „Sans Souci“.

Der gelbe Teppich im Offspace „Size Matters“ strukturiert das ehemalige Ladenlokal mit dem großen Schaufester zum gemeinsamen Raum und verwandelt diesen in einen Schaukasten. Auch außerhalb der Öffnungszeiten kann man einen Blick ins Innere werfen.

Die Skulpturen schauen, reden zurück und werden dabei selbst beobachtet: Johannsens Stilaugen, drei-äugig und die beiden henkeligen Tongefäße von Zaitseva, auf die sie die Toilettenkritzeleien der Wiener Queer-Bar Marea Alta übertragen hat.

Die gelben Patschen laden jeweils eine/n Betrachter/in ein die gelbe Fläche zu betreten.

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