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Anastasia Kopittseva

“The world is nothing but an oppressive pseudo-pleasure”

-Guy Debord, Society of the Spectacle

“Equivalent” is Anastasia Kopitceva’s second exhibition at the East Gallery. Her new series continues the narration about The Modern Hero which she started with her first exhibition “Towards North. Towards East.”

Working in the genre of realistic portrait she pictures her contemporaries - young, beautiful, physically fit and strong. For the artist admiring the human body is as intimate as it is distant- she is looking at herself from inside and out at the same time. In her first works she used a black & white palette to emphasize a slightly tragic adolescence indecisiveness. In “Equivalent” the main tool the artist uses for communicating with the audience is color. The monochrome of her work is symbolic, and it makes the faces in our memory become blurry, converting them to a reverberation, light, smell, archetype.

The golden man soaring above the grey city is a realistic picture and an allegory at the same time. Using the human body as a universal symbolic language was inspired by Deineka- on his canvas “The Footballer” the sportsman flies above a church and bell tower and the sun is eclipsed by the ball. Though Kopitceva doesn’t have this solemn and life-asserting pathos- her golden, beautiful man is just an object, trapped within the frames of heavy ferroconcrete constructions, and her footballer, blocking the sky, is restrained by the covert ceiling. The pleasure of free choice becomes limited and freedom itself is introduced as a freedom of consumption. One canvas can tell only one phrase, not the whole story, so the narration keeps flowing and becomes more diverse, it converts to a scene where each hero has his own mythology and archetype. However, Kopitcheva doesn’t make her narrative obvious, any of her paintings could serve equally as the beginning or the end .The artist, like an experienced anthropologist, studies the human object in different situations and conditions, but “only the self-creating man who is the master and the owner of his own world can become a subject of history.”