Russian Pavilion at the 54th International Art Exhibition – la Biennale di Venezia. Interview with Boris Groys by Ilari Valbonesi.
The Russian Pavilion hosts an attempt to view CA’s actions retrospectively as life in art. The exhibition shows art as the production of oneself rather than of objects (paintings, sculptures, installations). Empty Zones is the concept of life as a unique kind of artwork. And this life in art is demonstrated through using the metaphors created for the Russian Pavilion space. The exhibition also hosts an installation by A .Monastyrski “11” built on references to the historical and topological contexts and based on materials of CA’s 125 actions and compiled 10 volumes (work on the 11P thP is in progress) of the Trips out of Town books.
Boris Groys, Professor of Russian and Slavic Studies, New York University, USA, curator of The Russian Pavilion 2011. Curator of several exhibitions, including: “Dream Factory Communism”, Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt a. M. (2004); “Total Enlightenment. Conceptual Art in Moscow (1960–1990)”, Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt a.M./Fondacion March, Madrid (2008-2009); “Medium Religion” (with Peter Weibel) at the ZKM, Karlsruhe (2009). Recent publications: “Art Power”, MIT-Press (2008); “History Becomes Form: Moscow Conceptualism”, MIT-Press
(2010); “Going Public”, Sternberg Press/e-flux (2010). Lives and works in New York, USA
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