Digital diaries, memes, and me-time: 11 young Russian artists ponder over post-Covid-19 rituals

Digital diaries, memes, and me-time: 11 young Russian artists ponder over post-Covid-19 rituals
Image: Me and Me, by Dagnini

14 December 2020

Mixing digital-speak with traditional art forms, one show is bringing together 11 young Russian artists to reflect on the rituals the pandemic has inspired.

The works of 20:20. Time has stood still are greatly influenced by the role digital culture has taken in our lives, ever since real life art and communication have been put on hold. They will be displayed in a charity auction in February 2021, following on from an exhibition that took place earlier this autumn at Moscow’s Museum of Modern Art.

Highlights include Moscow-based artist Dagnini’s Me and Me, who explores our changing relationships with ourselves in self-isolation by blending embroidery with memes. Elsewhere, in Self-Isolation and Me Series, award-winning artist Igor Samolet’s creates something of a personal soap opera told through smartphone screenshots and notifications, some touching on urgent social issues: in Episode 2040, we see a text about the sounds of domestic violence coming from the apartment next door that ends with a plea for help — “I don’t know what to do”.

Aimed at popularising young artists, the show is supported by the Moscow based arts charity Cosmoscow Foundation for Contemporary Art. Take a digital tour of the artworks here.

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