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Collective exhibition
Is there life after plastic?

28 November — 08 December 2019

Collective exhibition
Is there life after plastic?

Artists: Polina Polskih, Anastasia Charina, Nicod'Orange, Romanoz, Ekaterina Bortsova, Irina Geinz
Music immersion: Sound immersion by dscnnct

For centuries, humankind has sought to build a perfect world, implying progress as evolution. Recently, alarming questions have been asked, "Where are we going? Now our society is striving to create a material economic paradise, forgetting that paradise on earth is not only material wealth, but respect for nature and preservation of ecological balance.

Every average person thinks about what will happen to him after his death, selfishly implying only the spiritual component of his personality. However, few people think about what will happen to the "mortal" world after he leaves.

Despite the awareness of the importance of the problem and the widespread discussion of the environmental crisis at both the domestic and political levels, the situation is not changing for the better. "Is there life after plastic? - is the reaction of young people to the presence of plastic in all areas of our lives, which has long since penetrated our daily lives. They will have to live with the responsibility of preserving and coexisting with other species. After all, it is the new generation that is not only aware of the problem, but also grows and is formed from childhood, taking the need to solve it as a given.

The idea of the exhibition "Is there life after plastic?" was born after acquaintance with the project EDEN2100 by Polina Polskikh. What will the paradise garden on Earth look like in 2100? This is the question the artist asked herself when she created the EDEN2100 installation for the Burning Man Festival in the USA. The exhibition will feature a version of the installation by Polina Polskih, which was first presented in the Black Rock desert in Nevada, on the site of a dry lake. Pauline's work was included in the short list of the best works of Forbes. Installation is a monument to species, consisting of an abstract skeleton of a whale made of plastic, stuffed with plastic garbage.

Italian artist Nico d'Orange is a representative of the young generation, who was brought up with the awareness that our planet has already been damaged. However, even though he is fully aware of the seriousness of the crisis, he does not see our future in an apocalyptic way, but sees the ecological crisis as a lesson and a starting point for a new round of human development. In his digital work, Niko clearly shows the cyclicality of pollution in the form of plastic used by man, who then enters the ocean and returns to us in the form of cooked fish.

The exhibition also features Anastasia Charina's Coast Line project. This is also the artist's reaction to the consequences of overproduction and consumption, which led to a polluted planet. "The shoreline is an installation consisting of ceramic objects in the form of domestic garbage laid out on the sand. 

The exhibition also features two works hidden from view: a diptych by Ekaterina Bortsova and a graphic by the transcendental artist Romanosa. These artworks, covered with cellophane bags, raise the idea of global pollution going further than the ocean or land. Excessive consumption overshadows people's minds and prevents them from living freely and without limits. Ekaterina Bortsova's diptych can be viewed by simply pushing back or raising the barrier, unlike Romanosa's work, which will be available only after the performance scheduled for the last day of the exhibition.

The young visual artist Irina Geinz decided to explore the theme of the ecological crisis, making a generalized "portrait of the consumer" in her project "What remains after me", as a metaphor using the garbage of heroes. Everyone wants to leave a mark after themselves. Something weighty and eternal. Irina asks the question: is it possible? Every year, humanity produces more than 2 billion tons of waste. It seems that we leave behind only garbage. The irony is that it is forever.