Doing nothing on a Friday night [group]
Central Saint Martins, London UK
26 July 2019
"Roman in Venice was a project built around a narrative about my trip to Venice Biennale 2019 and a coincidental visit to a Jewish photographer’s studio in Venice. The photographer, whose name was Roman Tcherpak, invited me for a collab- oration and taught me a method of lithographic printing that he invented. Roman transcribed excerpts from stories he wrote about his long-lost hometown in the Soviet Union over my bare body with black ink. Afterwards, I made a litho- graphic print of the photograph I took of myself covered in ink letters, and presented the original print with an essay I wrote about my encounter with Roman at the final occasion of the artist residency program at Central Saint Martins.
Largely inspired by Roman's attempt to overlay a stranger's and foreigner's flesh with text that symbolizes his personal identity, this project as a whole was about an aesthetic of displacement: the evolution of a delicate dissonance originat- ing from being in a non-native locality and continuous reclamation of one's territory within the locaity. In the 17-pages essay accompanied by my photographs from both London and Venice, I tried to illustrate Roman as a witness and participant of the global trend of migration, both permanent and temporary, based on my interview with him and my personal experience throughout the residency at CSM."