exhibitions

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07.06.2016 - 02.07.2016

Roundelay

Having chosen herself the name of the solar system’s mythical twelfth planet on the eve of the apocalyptic proximity to the Earth, Lera Nibiru began to create worlds at the crossroads of sleep and wake, myth and reality, ethics and politics, adults and children, large and small. Nibiru is a cosmogonic concept in the Sumerian mythology which signifies a transition point, a crossing. The borderline state, the ecstasy, the transition from the terrifying to the sublime, the art emerging from the foreboding disaster – here are the themes of installations, paintings and drawings by Lera Nibiru.

Descended (or risen) from the frightening sphere of an ancient ritual to a seemingly harmless children’s room, the roundelay retained its topos. The roundelay embraces the time in which there is neither past, nor future. One can say that the circle dance embodies a spatial representation of the archaic time with its isolation and cyclicality binding the living and the dead.

The New Year’s children’s costumes are spinning around the Christmas tree on the pages of the folded booklet. The centripetal force of the empty center attracts the empty shells of children once lived and those who are not yet born, but who will have to carry inevitably the burden of the cardboard myths. Despite the brightness of these cherries, little suns, teapots, flowers and fishes, their characters - just like Fedor Sologub’s quiet children - dance "their quiet, sad circle dance" in a still moonlight.
 
The roundelay of lifeless pale girls comes out of the pond in Nikolai Gogol’s “May Night, or the Drowned Maiden”; "the inanimate circle dance… of the dark creatures " wanders around in Yuri Mamleev’s texts; "the inhabitants of the last visible tier dance a peaceful transcendental roundelay” in Pavel Pepperstein’s "Mythogenic love castes" (whom Lera Nibiru names as her Zen teacher).

The circle dance of neither alive, nor dead creatures, of the spirits and hallucinations is spinning in Lera Nibiru’s watercolors. Who are they, these bunnies, bears, swans, gnomes, pioneers, astronauts and matryoshkas holding each other’s hands, paws, wings? What is their center of attraction? Astronauts float in weightlessness around a candy cane which is parodying the mysterious Monument in the "2001: a Space Odyssey". Naked pioneers are whirling around a smirking snowman with a phallic carrot-nose. Matryoshkas surrounded the mother-Matryoshka from which they all came out. Nibiru’s roundelay is a riddle in which there is no solution. One myth is superimposed on the other. Characters which used to live peacefully in children's rooms suddenly become heroes of the old and new myths. Hand in hand they lead it to the ecstatic world of chorea where Apollo Musagetes gathers his muses who dance in ‘karagods’ and ‘haragods’. The wheel of fate turns, the imaginary celestial sphere spins. Nibiru’s circle dance is a cosmogony of the childhood fears that the artist puts in a category of the sublime. Finally, Nibiru is the world-axis around which a rotation gradually turns into a spiral. It brings a circular motion of runaround to a different dimension which is the dimension of personal experience where we find ourselves face to face with what the artist visualized.

Olesya Turkina