Pro Artibus artist-in-resident at Snäcksund Croft via the Solidarity Residency program, Anastasia Sviridenko‘s exhibition is on view Galleri Perspektivet in Ekenäs 9.5–14.5.2022
Address: Galleri Perspektivet, Ekenäs library, Raseborgsvägen 8
Opening hours: Mon-Wed 10-19, Thu-Fri 10-17, Sat 10-14
The exhibition NETWORK NOMAD is a small visual essay reflecting on the condition of a young man in the era of hybrid wars. As the epigraph of the exhibition is taken out a part from the poem The Waste Land by T. S. Eliot, a central figure
in English-language modernist poetry.
This work is widely known for its shift between satire and prophecy; abrupt changes
in speaker, place and time, and a central emotion of horror that should not be imposed on the reader. Eliot’s poem is based on the legend of the Holy Grail – any elusive object or goal of great significance. In the center of the exhibition is the figure of a running “Network nomad”. The artist uses such media as printed portraits of her friends from social media, news images of the war in Ukraine, personal items with prints of cult series, as well as drawings, wondering which of these is not controlled and uncensored. Is there a place for the personal in our world now? And what is the goal for us now?
What are the roots that clutch, what branches grow
Out of this stony rubbish? Son of man,
You cannot say, or guess, for you know only
A heap of broken images, where the sun beats,
And the dead tree gives no shelter, the cricket no relief,
And the dry stone no sound of water. Only
There is shadow under this red rock,
(Come in under the shadow of this red rock),
And I will show you something different from either
Your shadow at morning striding behind you
Or your shadow at evening rising to meet you;
I will show you fear in a handful of dust.
T. S. Eliot, The Waste Land
The Pro Artibus Foundation collaborates with HIAP – Helsinki International Artist Programme and Frame Contemporary Art Finland to support Ukrainian artists fleeing, due to the ongoing war in Ukraine, by offering the Snäcksund Croft as a Solidarity Residency. Read more here
Photo: Anastasia Sviridenko, A part of the sculpture Network nomad, 2022. Photo by: Anastasia Sviridenko.