Dmitry & Yelena Kawarga
Wojciech Tomasz Pindur
The project “YEARNING FOR THE SKY” took place as a significant component of the parallel program during the 7th International Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art. The event spanned from October 12th to October 24th in the year 2017 and was hosted at the Exhibition Hall ARTPLAY, situated in Moscow, Russian Federation.
This remarkable initiative featured the participation of artists representing a total of 8 countries, contributing to a diverse and international artistic dialogue. The project aimed to explore various artistic expressions and perspectives within the contemporary art landscape, fostering cross-cultural connections and creative exchanges.
Through this platform, artists had the opportunity to present their works, ideas, and visions, engaging with the overarching theme of “YEARNING FOR THE SKY.” The event provided an avenue for the convergence of artistic talents from different corners of the world, enriching the discourse around contemporary art while contributing to the larger context of the Moscow Biennale.
Throughout the entirety of human history, the Sky has stood in stark contrast to the Earth, birthed from obscure natural forces. Across ancient times, the Sky has been a dwelling place for ideal beings untouched by the harsh laws of biology, nature, and society. Virtually all inhabitants of the terrestrial realm have sought to ascend to the realm of these sublime creatures, whether during their lifetime or in the afterlife.
In different epochs, the Sky has led numerous societies and entire nations, offering humanity dreams, aspirations, fantasies, and even delirious hopes. It has also been associated with the concept of pure and internal love. The Sky has inspired quests to find celestial elements in earthly existence and efforts to establish paradises on Earth in the form of utopias.
Over the past three centuries, humanity has strived to approach the Sky through various mechanical means – from hot air balloons and dirigibles to airplanes and rockets. Despite these endeavors, the true essence of the Sky has remained elusive. Its enigmatic core, which encompasses human yearnings and dreams, remains shrouded in mystery. Despite being seemingly within reach, the Sky constantly expands into the vast depths of the Universe. Even as we soar high and fast, the Sky recedes into the endless expanses, immersing itself in the turbulence of the stratosphere and eventually transforming into the heavens above distant worlds.
The unattainable nature of the Sky might be the very essence of our unrelenting desire to reach it, reflecting our eternal yearning.
The artists participating in the “Yearning for the Sky” project have utilized their creations to delve into the intricate tapestry of human connections with the Sky throughout history, cultures, geographic regions, and worldviews. Their works have explored a spectrum of emotions, feelings, sensations, and fantasies, as well as the myriad philosophies, scientific paradigms, and technological innovations that have sprung from the boundless blue expanse above us.
Dmitry PilikinArtist’s Website: http://pushnitsky.ru
The sky exists in both an outer and an internal sense. In the outer realm, one can purchase an airplane ticket and journey to destinations like Stockholm or Beijing. However, traversing the inner sky presents a greater challenge. The inner sky lacks the stability of the outer and does not conform to three-dimensional constraints.
To illustrate the potential of navigating the Inner Sky, I propose examining the installation titled “Untitled,” a creation tailored for the “Longing for the Sky” project. It is not within my purview to provide commentary on this artwork, as such an endeavor often intrudes upon the artist’s intended meaning and interpretation, overshadowing it.
I aspire for the observer to engage with my creation autonomously and formulate their own assessment of “the artist’s message.” Hence, I refrained from assigning a name to this piece. Gratitude to considerate individuals for their collaborative role in this creative process!
Artist’s Website: http://www.katranland.com/