Anna Khodorkovskaya


People try to get rid of the annoying “trash-things” of everyday reality. Advertising flyers, cheap magazines, used packaging and old worthless goods. Being produced by society itself, they are rather considered as physical and visual garbage. They are wanted to be thrown away and forgotten. But the junk of everyday life can also contain something worthwhile. Let us look closer at these fragments. What are they besides of what they say. One would assume that art and traces of the everyday were belonging to different orders, to different practices, both connected by a distinction that they have in common.

Reflecting the everyday does not make art a part of it, and including arts in the everyday does not make it to an artistic practice. Yet, this gap between arts and the everyday is the starting point for these works. Reduction of the semantic function of the materials that are supposed to serve as an information media gives a possibility to focus attention on their visual and emotional components. Sometimes kept recognizable, and sometimes developed to an absolutely abstract compositions these images perform language of our daily aesthetics and dissolve the difference between arts and the everyday for the sake of a neither-nor, for the horizon of a moment of neutrality that is depending on the in-between of the elements it is constituted by and yet distinguished from what it is made out of.