Fragment Gallery presents Ilya Fedotov-Fedorov’s new solo show Preservation Instinct that de-scribes a world on the brink of disaster. The exhibition is part of Vacation NYC gallery project.
The main motif of Fedotov-Fedorov’s art is the use of natural scientific knowledge. The artist adopts its main characteristics: the depiction of biological processes and forms from the cell to the habitat, linguistic features and ways of presenting knowledge (formulas, drawings, and so on), methodological principles and types of representation (entomological collections, card catalogues). With their help, he reveals the subjective nature of the acquisition of knowledge and its dependence on individual experience. He shows that we perceive and describe the surrounding world in accord-ance with the language that we use.
To develop this theme, Fedotov-Fedorov’s exhibition of on-going artistic project Preservation In-stinct makes use of archival elements and the museum format. Objects presented at the exhibition are neither human nor natural in form but resemble exoskeletons of extinct beings, models, samples; sketches, drawings, maps, and blueprints that seem, at first, to be ordered and make up a “collec-tion”. These objects are strange and mysterious, they seem to suggest the appearance of a “post-human” world in which differences between organic nature and non-organic matter have been ef-faced and animals and plant species have mutated, adapted or changed so much that they have be-come unrecognizable. These artifacts and relics may well be all that remains of the diversity of the world and brings life to a barren apocalyptic landscape.
Fedotov-Fedorov poses the question of the utility of preserving and describing these things literally a second before the collapse takes place. Perhaps, in a hostile environment, they are fragments and elements of a person’s worldview that he desperately tries to save by creating an archival space.
Thus the archive leads to a distorted order and to a disruption of the objective worldview, whose assemblage point is the individual perception of the surrounding world. The only thing that can re-construct the archival space is the structure of thinking and the language codes that, among the mys-terious indicators of future scenarios, make it possible to recreate the world as seen by a person liv-ing out his last days.
Ilya Fedotov-Fedorov (1988, Moscow) is a Russian artist. He studied at the “Free Workshops” Con-temporary Art School of the Moscow Museum of Modern Art (2013-2014) and the Institute of Con-temporary Art in Moscow (2014-2015). Fedotov-Fedorov’s portfolio includes a large number of solo and group exhibitions in museums and galleries in Russia and Europe, as well as participation in the Main Project of the 7th Moscow International Biennale of Contemporary Art (curator: Yuko Haseg-awa). His works are found in museums and private collections.
Fragment Gallery is a Moscow contemporary art gallery that works primarily with young yet al-ready established artists from both Russia and abroad. Founded in December 2016, Fragment Gal-lery held 14 exhibition projects between December 2016 and May 2018. It plans to implement five more exhibition projects in 2018, including an open call for artists. In addition to exhibition activities, the gallery hosts educational programs (lectures, master classes and artist talks).
Fragment Gallery became the first Russian gallery to participate in the 2018 SP-Arte art fair in
São Paulo (Brazil). In summer 2018, it will present two solo exhibitions in New York by the
artists Ilya Fedotov-Fedorov and Alexander Shchurenkov in the framework of a project
of the Vacation NYC association of international galleries.
In 2018, two Fragment Gallery exhibitions were nominated for prestigious Russian awards in the field of contemporary art. Ilya Fedotov-Fedorov’s project was nominated for the national “Innova-tion-2018” award in the category “New Generation”, where it received a special prize, and Ilmira Bolotyan’s project ‘Date in the Museum’ was nominated for the Sergey Kuryokhin Award in the cat-egory “Best work of visual art”.