Literary and art exhibition
I met Stepanida (Stefani) Vakhotina september 2021. She came to the opening of the provocative exhibition and wrote a very nice and funny post about it.
Gradually it became clear that Stepanida has been describing the events of her life since 2005.
Stepanida’s life turned out a little differently from the normal life of an ordinary Russian girl. At the age of 33, she managed to experience about as much as not everyone at 45.
Some lyrics are very sad and dramatic, others funny and others cynical.
For 16 years these fragments have been used to form an incredibly lively and colorful picture of reality from provincial Russia to Berlin.
The texts are arranged in two rows along the perimeter of the gallery. They are collected in a shuffle and the reader gradually delves into the narrative, traveling through time and space.
Images are not direct illustrations of texts. The connection between image and text content is more associative, atmospheric.
Here the text is a chain on which the glass beads are worn.
This was the first exhibition of its kind in the BAS gallery.
Well, as the saying goes, it’s better to see once than to hear 100 times.