Moscow School of Contemporary Art.
Access permitted?

05 february — 15 february 2024

“A boundary is not that at which something stops but, as the Greeks recognized, the boundary is that from which something begins its presencing” Martin Heidegger

In the 21st century, the topic of borders (natural and artificial) is being updated as a result of political and social changes, as well as the rapid development of technology. Modern man has access to an unprecedented amount of information in history: the ability to communicate via the Internet and social networks from anywhere in the world.

However, does this contribute to the feeling of the absence of boundaries as such, or, having crossed one boundary that previously seemed insurmountable, does a person find themself facing the next one?

Group exhibition “Access permitted?” is an attempt of the artists to understand what the concept of “border” includes and how it can be interpreted from different points of view.

Artists Dasha Lazareva, Anna Epishina, Kristina Purshina, Dasha Sidorina and Ekaterina Osipova consider the concept of border from the point of view of an opposition: I — “Other”. The issues of self-identification and building personal boundaries take on particular significance as psychological practices spread and the number of contacts and communication time in social networks and virtual spaces increases.

Borders as an integral part of the social system (information stratification, division into classes on economic grounds, inequality, social roles) are considered in the works of Ivanka Garay, Sergei Ratnichkin, Inna Shevchenko and Lena Surova.

Anna Zueva and Katya Gerun focus their attention on ethical standards and the boundaries of what is morally permissible in relation to a person on the part of modern science, the state, and supranational structures.

Ellie Alekseeva, Marina Grekova and Anastasia Kashuba discuss in their works the limits of knowledge of the world: are there limits to human perception and assimilation of a large amount of information? And how do scientific discoveries fit into the existing picture of the world, gradually transforming it?

In the exhibition “Access Allowed?” the topic of the viewer’s interaction with the work also becomes the subject of artistic research.

Through different modes of exhibition, artists offer the viewer varying degrees of contact with the work, thereby mapping or erasing intangible boundaries on the exhibition space. The viewer, in turn, reserves the right to decide for himself whether to interact or simply pass by.

Dasha Lazareva, Anna Epishina, Kristina Purshina, Dasha Sidorina, Ekaterina Osipova, Ivanka Garay, Sergey Ratnichkin, Inna Shevchenko, Lena Surova, Anna Zueva, Katya Gerun, Elli Alekseeva, Marina Grekova, Anastasia Kashuba.

Zhanna Bobrakova
Mikhail Levin

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