Looking at the photo above, it is difficult to determine — what is it and for what reason it appeared at this exhibition. From the first impression we can assume that these dolls were taken from a crash-test of a car and temporarily placed in boxes. Or the Russian Post sends packages so long that people die waiting for the parcel. Jokes are jokes, but in this object there is a special meaning and a real story. Once upon a time, so many people migrated from one country, that they were closed in such boxes. While they were being transported, people naturally could not stand it and died right in the nailed boxes. That is, “people” are so eager for moving from less favorable conditions to better ones or just looking for changes and adventures that are ready to take any risks. In this object, I saw the very moment when the boxes were opened. The moment when expressions of horror and fear appeared on the faces of people around them.
Moment (In Russian “mig”). Have you ever thought that the word “migration” contains this word — an instant? I noticed this interesting phenomenon, a play of words in the explication to the exhibition “MIGRATION”. In my head I heard a radio, a spread of a flash, a rational moment. For myself, I explained this phrase as follows. Every second, minute and hour, even a year can be considered an instant. Usually we experience it, but in memory there are some fragments, pieces of what happened. The artist, in the sense of a creative, creative person, sees these moments in a different light. For him, they are critical, meaningful and just to survive is not enough. It is more important to depict, document a magical moment that will never, ever, repeat in the same space-time conditions.
Excellent, even the Impressionists captured the passing moment, you will say. What is special about this exhibition? Here, artists from Sweden, Norway and Finland within the context of the local context rethink the very concept of migration, study its role in the venue of the exhibition. By the way, Arkhangelsk is the third point of the migration exhibition. Thus, each event is relevant for local events and is not repeated in other regions or countries.
Nevertheless, the exhibition helps to look over the prism of the Russian negative to migrants and see the life of the migrant as the artist sees it. This will help the best format for such a plan – video materials. They are different, like the views on the life of each of us, but they unite them one: a complex, full of problems, the daily life of a migrant combined with the ability to see the beautiful around that the indigenous people do not notice.
This I especially liked the two works. The first is Anti-Tenets, depicting the virginity and harmony of nature under the murmur of the brook. From the first second you move to the Finnish forest, walk around it and notice every little thing around. The second is Elina Vaage Mikalsen, who narrates about the complex routine of migrants, their problems and the challenges that life gives them; about how they survive, no matter what.
Even the works mentioned, so polar in their moods and senses, turn the train of thought about migration upside down. You begin to feel what you did not feel before, to treat the process of migration more loyally and knowingly. Perhaps with interest and curiosity.