Opening: Saturday, September 3, 2016, 19h
Exhibition: September 4 – October 30, 2016
Opening hours: open daily, appointment recommended
The series “Declared Detachment” (2012 – present) by Russian photographer Mariya Kozhanova represents a generation of Russians which was born in times when well organized society and established identity fell apart. All myths and believes that was the driving force for generations before were destroyed. Children came into our time absolutely ideologically naked.
Now a lack of base and missing of foundation in society opened them a life which they could not trust. Forces for creating their own identity from the beginning were missing. In this moment, their society could not offer them any deserved faith, ideals or any other meaning. This Young Generation of Russians started to borrow it from totally different cultures.
Some of them declared their way through Japanese mass-culture of “cosplay” where in a simple, catchy, bright, spectacular, superficial world of anime heroes with attractive idols and colorful looks you could become any of those figures yourself. This generation escaped into a different ideology and tried to build their illusive world on the ruins of the past. But are their believes true enough for a new establishment or just a temporary detachment from troubles and imperfections of everyday’s life?