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UCHRONIA

 
UCHRONIA

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Shchusev State Museum of Architecture
3 december 2013 — 22 december 2013

Curators: Tatiana Sherstyuk, Nedda Al-Madani

Opening: December 3, 2013 at 19.00 

Artists:

  • Natalia Abalakova
  • Anatoly Zhigalov
  • Nikita Alekseev
  • Catherine Sisfontes
  • Boryana Rossa
  • Vladimir Potapov,
  • Tatiana Sushenkova
  • Tatiana Sherstyuk
  • Nedda Al-Madani 
  • Draga Jovanovic
  • Era Vati
  • Max Boschini
  • Tuomas Koskialho
  • Nickolay Onischenko

About project

The "Uhroniya" conceived as a study of history, consisting of discussions and exhibition  with the participation of authors of the older and younger generations, philosophers, critics, and culturologist. Participants reflect on alternatives of the past, present, and future, offering a vision, analyzing the existing approaches, imagery and aesthetic forms. One of the important themes of the project is the phenomenon of re-writing history and its role in the perception of reality.

The "uchronia" neologism (from the words "utopia" and "chronos", literally "time that does not exist") was suggested in 1876 by Charles Renouvier (Uchronie: L'Utopie Dans L'Histoire, 1876) and is commonly used as a synonym for alternative history . Philosopher and culturologist Michael Epstein examines uchronia as a result of chronoсide, the funeral of the time, "a mass grave of victims, brought on the altar of desirous Always": The idea of the "end of history" was in fashion in the early 1990's, a supposedly happy complete resolution of all conflicts in favor of the all-conquering western democracy (Francis Fukuyama). But in fact, this uсhronia on the democratic way, is not better than an utopia of the totalitarian, ideocratic sample.Uchronia, or the "end of history", as a rule, turns to the starting of the massacre or mass befuddling, ideological or video intoxication”.

The exhibition includes the works themselves (video, installations, photographies, painting and objects), as well as documentation of meetings and discussions.


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