Swings of reason
This work studies the concept of freedom. Here, swings become a symbol of limited action. Commonly associated with the joyful sense of flight, of nonchalance of childhood, swings nevertheless are made of chains and, in fact, are chains themselves, as they only allow limited movement within limited space.
150 different phrases (in Russian) are projected on walls. These are trivial statements guiding one's everyday choice - such as 'you only live once' - combined with quotes of popular authors, well-known politicians, as well as religious statements and agitational slogans. (Among the quoted authors are Gandhi, Lincoln, Hitler, Dostoevsky, Freud, Virginia Woolf etc). The phrases replace one another, appearing simultaneously on the walls and thus, create a collective narrative. Although the sentences are contradicting, each sounds convincing and genuine when taken out of its initial context.
The installation aims to represent some kind of the Lacanian symbolic order, which is virtual, immaterial and seems to exist independently of the influence of real individuals behind the phrases.