The claiming of collective experiences across space and time unites communities
under trans-national norms of social resistance and transformation. This is the
background of Is it better to be separate?, comprising drawing, photography,
objects, and installation that seek to create a new matrix for understanding identity
and the nation.
Is it better to be separate?, inspired by Benedict Anderson’s classic study of
nationalism, seeks to reflect on the claiming of collective experiences of social and
community resistance. A new lens for understanding identity is designed whose
contours extend beyond territorial borders, linear time frames, religious or tribal
loyalties, and ethnic markers. The exhibition highlights collective experiences of
resistance that transcend space and time as a source of identity for different
communities across the globe.
That is the re-imagined national unity brought to light in the works by the artists
who traverse the territorial and historical context in which the exhibition is situated
by drawing from trans-state experiences of bottom-up social transformation.
Curated by Anastasiia Spasova
Artists: Slava Nesterov, Pavel Polshchikov, Alina Izmaylova, Vera Plekhova,
Fyodor Telkov, Vladimir Chernyshev, Boris Makarov, Sonya Bondareva
Text by Makar Iakovlev