About the dirty

Video Artist: Kate Mikhatova
Country: Year: Duration: 6 min 51 sec


Contemporary reflection on dirt, based on the insightful novel “What Is to Be Done?” by Chernyshevsky. In one of Vera Pavlovna’s dreams in Chernyshevsky’s novel, there is a remarkable contemplation on the nature of all dirt. The entire reflection is based on the division of dirt into real and fantastical, reigniting the mechanism of binary thinking. How does dirt behave today? And is there a distinct difference in contemporary media reality, where the actual present exists only in the intensity of affect? Dirt is a revolutionary material for the deconstruction of the body and its everyday life. Dirt is the primordial chaos from which a cosmos is born each time. Do we need opposition to dirt if its own vital nature is destruction and disorder?

Kate Mikhatova

Curator, art historian-researcher, artist.

1989, Volgograd (since 1991 living and working in St. Petersburg).

2014 - Academy of Arts (specialization in art theory and history).

2015-2017 - School of Engaged Art, the art group Chto Delat.

Since 2018, she has been working on the project kzgallery.com.

In 2020, the gallery received a special prize from the French Institute in St Petersburg (The Sergey Kuryokhin Contemporary Art Award).