Resurrection, the achievement of immortality, was considered by philosopher-cosmist Nikolai Fedorov (1829-1903) as a "common goal" for humanity, leading to universal brotherhood and kinship. With the help of science, Fedorov argued that humankind would learn not only to become immortal and resurrect all those who had ever lived, but also to move freely through time and space.
Drawing on Fyodorov's theories, "On Holiday" is a site-specific installation by artist Olga Jürgenson , which includes mixed media works on canvas and paper, along with a projected video. In these works the resurrected Fedorov marches cheerfully along a beach amongst other holidaymakers, some of them famous: Albert Einstein, Sigmund Freud, Yuri Gagarin.
Olga Jürgenson graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in St Petersburg, and has been based in the UK since 2002. She has participated in significant group exhibitions globally, including the 56th Venice Biennial, MANIFESTA, and the Liverpool, Moscow and Ural biennials. Awarded numerous grants and awards from several European foundations, in 2011 she was nominated for the Kandinsky Prize. Her most recent solo exhibitions were at the State Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg (2013) and the New Hall Art Collection, University of Cambridge (2014).
Olga's works are in state and private collections across the world, including the State Russian Museum, the National Centre for Contemporary Art (Russia), the Oulu Art Museum (Finland), and the University of Cambridge. Olga co-curated (with Alfredo Cramerotti, director of MOSTYN) the National Pavilion of Mauritius at the 56th Venice Biennale.
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