About project The Altai Files,
Bonnefantenmuseum, Maatricht, 2016
Adjusting the view
artists' duo Marta Volkova and Slava Shevelenko like to explore the
boundaries between reality and fiction. The point at which reality
starts to display touches of absurdity draw inspiration for their
large-scale installations. Observing the world today, one
immidiately realises that Marta and Slava must have been kept very
busy in recent years.
Their exhibition projects about the
meteoric commercialisation of society (From the Life of the
Beetles), about megalomaniac art projects in the open space (In the
anticipation of economic boom, acquired by the Bonnefantenmuseum),
and about astronauts' irrepressible urge to make art (About Space
and Love), always deal with the question of how social reality and
collective mythology influence one another.
The same applies to The Altai Files, the
new installation created by Volkova and Shevelenko for the
Bonnefantenmuseum, prompted by the fact that 2016 is the 25th
anniversary of the collapse of the Soviet Union. Once again, viewers
are guided through a subtle interplay of fact and myth. In the best
tradition of Russian writers and artists, such as Mikhail Bulgakov
and Ilya & Emilia Kabakov, Volkova and Shevelenko play off various
elements of social reality, history and collective mythology against
each other, so that viewers once again have to adjust their view.
The exhibition The Altai Files thus fits perfectly into the
Bonnefantenmuseum's focus on the 'secret canon' of art stories that
are anything but obvious.
About project The Transylvania Archive, The New Institute,
kever die de wereld kan veranderen'. Floor van Luijk. 10-05-2014:
M.'Avant-garde bric à brac: The Russian Schizorevolution in Marres'.
Domeniek Ruyters. 25-05-2009:
De Datsja-zaal, Bonnefantenmuseum, 2013:
'Ijselijke gebeurtenissen in de omgeving
van Kyoto in 2008', Flacc, Genk, 2010: