3 сентября 2021
Anna Manankina was born in 1995 in Kharkiv. She is an interdisciplinary media artist, working in the field of digital technology with video, VR and AR, installation, 3D animation, and sound, with an emphasis on posthumanism and feminist practice.
Her artistic expressions cover a wide range of problems: from geopolitical situations and power structures to purely intimate spheres of life. She addresses the topic of violence and gender identity, the state of women in artistic and social contexts.
She was a finalist in the Exter cultural exchange program (with the support of the Ukrainian Institute) and a scholarship holder of the Gaude Polonia 2021 program from the Polish National Cultural Center. She participated in the 19th WRO 2021 Media Art Biennale in Wroclaw. She worked on a joint project with the ROTOR Gallery in Graz, Austria, and on a personal project at the Sopa Gallery (Košice, Slovakia) at the KAIR residency. She was a participant of Construction Festival (Dnipro) in cooperation with CYNETART (Germany). She is a finalist in the Non-Stop Media Biennale for Young Artists. Her works have been exhibited in Slovakia, Germany, Ukraine, Poland and Lithuania.
Elephant in the Room
Installation, fabric, metal, synthetic winterizer (sintepon), video projection, sound, 70 х 170 х 50 см, 2020
Objects and creatures are decomposing the same way our familiar picture of the world is falling apart. No Green Eden here, humanity becomes the witness of ecological urban pollution, the hybridity of its climate, and potentially catastrophically destructive force. After all, the spheres of nature and culture are inseparable from each other, like water in a stormy river.
Anna Manankina created this project within the KAIR residence, where she arrived a week before the implementation of the quarantine regime and complete border closure. There, amidst social isolation, she decided to focus on theoretical research resulting from the publication by Felix Guattari, Three Ecology, which impressed her with the freshness and accuracy of the events it described. The problems mentioned in it have significantly worsened, and the inextricably linked mental, social and ecological aspects of life are playing a crucial role in transforming society.
The human psyche has its own ‘immune’ system. It interprets reality in a way that makes life more acceptable. People believe in a better future, they perceive the full part of the glass instead of the empty one. The mind has the ability to mitigate the perception of reality by illusions, helping us to survive and protecting us from the possible traumas of hard reality.
The pandemic forced us to pay attention to death, it became visible and close, it is widely reported, it is carefully counted. The loss of a loved one is deeply associated with grief. Grief takes many forms and differs greatly between individuals and cultures. The feeling of environmental anxiety determines that the biosphere is an integral part of our mental health, our communities, our cultures and our ability to survive in a world of total anthropocentrism. However, the collective experience of ecological grief has the creative potential and ability to transform into an enhanced sense of love and commitment to the places, ecosystems and species that support us, while also becoming a tool for the prevention of similar losses in the future.