The Portrait Gallery

Exhibition by Yelena Popova
27th March - 19th April

The double panelled installation is a fragment of a larger constellation of works that comprise the latest series in the artist’s oeuvre. The Portrait Gallery (2013) distills the conflicted nature of portraiture – a continuous element in Yelena’s painting.

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4.3 Kilometres to Utopia Junction

Exhibition by students of Lambeth College, participants of workshops at Pushkin House.

Curators Lua Dornelles, Daniel Kwoka
Private view: Tuesday 12th March. 6.00 – 7.00 pm
12th - 26th March

What is Utopia? It is a question that will be answered differently by each individual person you ask. The literal translation in Greek is “non-place”; this is because a perfect haven like Utopia is unreachable.  For the Russian constructivists, Utopia was the foundation upon which the ideology of the movement was born; it was the reason why their creativity was driven. by Trishna Rehan, an artist.

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I Am Usual Woman

Maria Kapajeva

Cushions in patchwork technique 2012

I Am Usual Woman explores the post-Soviet economic realities in an Internet driven boom of matchmaking services over the last decade. Highlighting the problems of limited access to employment in a neoliberal chaos of the 1990s as well as the lingering gender imbalance in the Russian population. The work composed of found images, patchwork cushions, video, and a cross-stitch featuring a selected quotation from one the “Russian Brides” websites associated with the phenomenon of ‘Mail-Order Brides’. The project is dispersed among the participating venues and online, at the so-called site where the market takes place.

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