Katia Lyubavskaya | House In Chaos
09 Oct – 14 Nov 2021

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Curators: Daria Sabelnikova
Dates: 09 Oct - 14 Nov 2021
Artists: Katia Lyubavskaya

Katia Lyubavskaya | House In Chaos
09 Oct – 14 Nov 2021

In the post-truth era, our emotions replace analytical conclusions; everything is not what it seems, and facts have less impact than their interpretations. The link between truth and reality is indefinitely broken.

Katia Lyubavskaya is an artist who is very sincere in her works: her message is straightforward and it is reflected accurately in the titles of the works. By combining purity of thought and irony she presents her perception of the world of objects in an age of fakes and illusions.

The artist builds her message around the idea of “home”. Humans are not the actors in her work, though almost all of her practice is focused about people – spaces created by them and for them.

Each object whether it is a doily, a mirror, or a wooden toy invites us to take a fresh look at these familiar items. These objects, which could be found in every house, look as though they are taken from a different reality, from the world of fairy tales and ridiculousness. Our house that we’ve constructed is inhabited by ghosts, memes, reflections and hidden cats.

Mirrors form the series “Alice through the looking glass” appear as a portal to another reality. The ephemera and illusion of a reflection engage in a dialogue with a tangible element: synthetic hair. In a digital world the topic of tangibility is as relevant as ever. Colorful hair which we want to touch connects two worlds, not allowing the audience to fall into the reflection.

Clear references to Japanese culture inform the philosophy and the visual language of the artist as well. Precision and minimalism are inherent in Japanese culture as well as Katia Lyubavskaya`s practice.

The text in her works serves as a code, while separate symbols and letters serve as graphical elements. The story is narrated via visual images and the artist gives room for further interpretation. In the gap between childhood and adulthood, between “trust” and “mistrust” the audience attempts to identify what is “truth” and criticizes their own understanding of reality.