Hybris – Monsters and Hybrids in Contemporary art

Curators: Silvia Burini, Giuseppe Barbieri, Anna Frants, Elena Gubanova
Organised by Cyland
Cà Foscari Zattere, CULTURAL FLOW ZONE, Zattere, Dorsoduro 1392, 30123 Venezia
Vaporetto: Zattere
12 May > 28 August 2017

Coinciding with the Venice Biennial Alexandra Dementieva will take part in the group exhibition Hybris – Monsters and Hybrids in Contemporary art, organised by MediaArtLab CYLAND.

The project in the exhibition halls of the library at Ca’ Foscari University, will showcase works of 19 artists from Italy, Russia, Great Britain, France, Germany, Belgium and the US. The project’s theme contemplates one of the mechanisms underlying the functioning of culture – the connection of the unconnectable, the problem of the relations between “one’s own” and “someone else’s”, the blurring of the borders between well-established concepts.

Working on her favourite subject Dementieva presents the new multimedia installation Monolith 2, a combination and interpretation of Malevich’s Black Square or ‘great nothing’. She writes about it:

The black monolith is externalization. It is the process by which the “internal OBJECT” is projected at a certain object in the outside world. It is a different person that becomes this object. Furthermore, upon superimposition, the projection brings forth something that is doubled by the mutual action of each protagonist. And what if this “something” is our internal monster or a new creation — a hybrid to which one needs to get accustomed and which needs to be tamed.