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Living Portraits of Unspoken Realities

10 Gogolevsky Boulevard, Moscow, 2011
installation in Moscow Museum of Modern Art
performative action 'The Protester' in front of ministerie of Interior
performative action 'The Teacher' in front of ministerie of Education
performative action 'The Soldier' in front of ministerie of Defence
performative action 'The Worker' in front of ministerie Labour and Social affairs
Duration: 09.08.2011 - 11.06.2011
Location: Moscow Museum of Modern Art
Participants: 6
Number of Events: 1

'Living Portraits of Unspoken Realities' uses the populist and public tradition of living sculptures - a theatrical tradition dating back to the tableaux vivants of the Middle Ages - to depict social and racial injustice, as well as economic hardship, thereby conveying a realist message of social or political protest in form of popular entertainment and edged with satire.

Each of these portraits of silent reality is performed and displayed in a public space, they are theatrical reflections on the daily situation. These staged portraits are reminders of the marginalized, poor, and disenfranchised social groups, who are the unspoken victims of neo-liberal reforms. They also ponder the possibilities of overcoming victimhood, by suggesting a monumental focus point for the voiceless and disconnected - who might need to be united into conscientious communities.

Each of the represented groups is dependent on the state and is accustomed to counting on its help and support. They are accustomed to be patient, and only in a situation of extreme desperation, will quietly beg for help. But their voice is not heard. Placed near the releated ministeries of Education, Defence, Interior and Labour and Social affairs, our sculptures are a reminder that one day this silence must be broken, that the day to day struggles for better and more just condition should be the monuments of today. VirtserParticipation in realising artwork
Ilya BudraitskisAdvice concerning content, Participation in realising artwork
MaksimParticipation in realising artwork
  :. Actor: the ActivistParticipation in realising artwork
  :. Actor: the Pregnant WomanParticipation in realising artwork
  :. Actor: the SoldierParticipation in realising artwork
  :. Actor: the TeacherParticipation in realising artwork
Marcel van der MeijsDevelopment of the artwork , Image editing
Moscow Museum of Modern ArtCreating space
  :. Alexey MaslyaevProduction
  :. Viktor MisianoCreating space , Development of artwork concept
Nikolay OleynikofEmotional support
VasylReporting in image, Development of the artwork
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