Kyiv . Ya Gallery Art Center
Boys and Girls
08.06.2011 – 04.07.2011
At the beginning we took almost immiscible substances, two separate basic series of male and female, then - we expanded the field of oppositions, recovered from the childhood past time a wolf mask and bunny ears, mermaid's tail and photos in fancy dress. Then we shattered, exploded the borders and mixed all fragments, to free the project from any hints of gender war, leaving it probably only in the title.
Both boys and girls are free from obligations, they are holistic and pre-individual. Their pure abstract sexuality is not objected on particular subject yet, but is an hunting object of moralized society which always ready to command - "Boys to the left, girls - to the right!"
Boys and girls persist in avoiding of any status. They are not cycled on each other and all objects are equally good for them. Right in the time someone is close to find his own, wishing and couple object, he slide away, changing turning upside down. They all are soft and ready to new forms like tender buds or pieces of clay. Social stereotypes for them are not the cruel instrument of oppression, but hilarious new image.
They both trying hard to get rid of obligations to make a chose or finally fit some form, to become solidify and sink deeper into a form of heavy and dull sludge. Everything that's happens with them is on the surface. Just a surface, the appearance of both of them much more louder then hidden depth.
Behind those tiger heads and fish tails are no hidden sense, those brilliant attributes, and warrior rudiments, recalcitrant in its own demonstration, protesting against their explicit becomes depressed and hidden. Animals roles seems to put a sign of equality(to be an animal is not more common then to be reasonable). Boys try on them as a helmet or mask, solemnly and bravely, as knights in ceremonial armor. Girls are opposite, take off their masks and reveal their wounds stubbornly cleaning and polishing their surfaces, as if doing cleaning. What remains of the animal as a result -is indelibly and inseparable, it's just part of the body. Or is it just a part of the surface appearance, which can be reshaped, to turn out, disguise, and hide under a new mask? Everything is mixed up and after all it stays unclear - who's hidden under the wolf mask, who wears bunny ears and most importantly - that is preferable? One is clear - avidly swallowed, the world can be expressed with body, but it can be also thrown away with body as a bored costume of a bunny-boy.
Vlada Ralko, Volodymyr Budnikov, 2011