About the event
The UNSAFE series is primarily a reflection on the context of perception and the dynamics of the transition of an object from “positive” to “negative” and back in the eyes of each particular person.
HOUDINI group: Masha Lam, Kirill Silantyev and Sergey Blokh
Dates: December 12, 2017 - January 16, 2018
Opening Day: December 12, 2017 at 19.00
Finissage: January 16, 2018 at 19.00
Address: 4th Syromyatnichesky lane, 1/8, WINZAVOD
Imagine such a picture: a clear blue sky and over your head is flying flashing military aircraft. You are now ... For example, at the airshow. In front of your eyes is the miracle of engineering thought, an absolutely aesthetic creation of human hands. You are safe and have the opportunity to admire a part of the military power of your own country calmly and with a sense of pride.
Stop. Now imagine that the same fighter is racing with a roar over your head, fulfilling its direct purpose. In such a situation, the beauty of the lines of the aircraft will not be exactly the first thing you think about.
The UNSAFE series is primarily a reflection on the context of perception and the dynamics of the transition of an object from “positive” to “negative” and back in the eyes of each particular person. Art is like escapism, an escape from reality; from all that scares and depresses, if you think about it for more than 10 seconds. Therefore, artists reproduce the world in their own way and demonstrate it to others as magicians who create an illusion during a performance. With the help of cunning devices, tricks, skills and their own imagination, the artists create so that those who want magic can forget for a while about reality.
The works of the “Unsafe” series play with semantic contrasts of images, revealing a far from new, but therefore equally relevant topic of “War” and “Peace”. Unlike many modern artists depicting the horrors of wartime with documentary cruelty, the HOUDINI group chooses the combination of the incompatible. In their works, innocent and cheerful images and massive threatening images of military equipment appear next to each other, effectively shading.
The HOUDINI art group was founded in 2012 by artists Masha Lam, Kirill Silantyev and Sergey Blokh. Creativity of the HOUDINI group has a recognizable own aesthetics using vivid images. The group got its name in honor of the greatest magician Harry Houdini. After all, every work of art is man-made magic, participants say.