> STEFANIA TATIANA SMOLKINA (rus)
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“Every person is registered in the world in a combination of words and sounds. The name acts as a matter of course, but in its meaning it appears both omnipresent and infinitely changeable. Names indicate affiliation and origin. Names are also part of a civil contract between a population and a state.
In 1984 in socialist Bulgaria, all Turkish minority representatives were forced to “”bulgarize”” their names. The narration and presentation about the other groups of people plays a major role in triggering such processes and then justifying them.
Today the retired sculptures of socialist functionaries rest in a sculpture park. Over time, the engraved names on the gravestones in cemeteries become illegible. The gaps in the story are getting bigger. The story is implied, and so is the impossibility of it’s fully understanding.”
“Stefania Tatiana Smolkina is a visual artist born in 1988, Leningrad (St. Petersburg). Lives and works in Leipzig, Germany. Her textile objects, films and audio-visual installations explore the topography of remembering, which hints at the gaps in history, as well as alienation, position and belonging in a society.
2013 – 2019 Media Art at the Academy of Visual Arts Leipzig.
2007 – 2013 Art Textiles at the State Art and Industry Academy in Saint Petersburg.
2016 Iceland Academy of the Arts in Reykjavik, with a focus on film and sound.
2015 – 2018 Scholarship of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation for foreign students.
2017 The European Exchange Academy Amsterdam – Gerswalde, Germany.
2018 – 2019 Student of Werkleitz PMMC Lab for web documentry.
2019 – Film screening in Foto Haus Arles, Voies Off Festival, Arles”
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