installation, 2023
Feasts, customs, clothes, and jewelry helped people define themselves, but today they are losing their relevance and meaning.

In the new global world, people of different nationalities go to the same concerts, eat the same avocado toasts, and wear the same Uniqlo T-shirts.

But this does not stop one from defining themselves as part of a nation. This work begins my search for an answer to the following questions: What should define a nation today? Should one fear losing their roots? Should one nostalgically revive the past for the sake of remembrance?

Indeed, the past must be analyzed to understand how and why certain forms developed during certain times and how this development was correlated to the socioeconomic situation. If traditional forms have survived to this day, they should be given a new direction and be integrated into the modern research process.
It is not our ancestral cultures described in books and local history museums that are now endangered. Minority (and non-minority) groups have other significant problems today.

The installation depicts the process of transforming traditions into a new form. The installation features the image of a Tatar ornament called muensa , worn by the women on the holiday of Zien. Zien is a traditional holiday of the Barda (Perm) Tatars with festivities, games, horse races, and wrestling.

The project was created in the art residence of the MaxArt Foundation.

Photo: Nikita Limonov
View of the exhibition Disappearances, 2023, City Culture Center, Perm.
Photo: Julia Lanar
Muensa (from the book A.H. Chernuh "Tradition Costume of Perm Tatar and Baskir")