Academy

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Video Artist: Natalia Tikhonova
Country: Year: Duration: 2 min 37 sec

Description:

The video is a game between body, art and publicity. It shows the lesson of drawing in the Art Academy. The camera is concentrated on the drawing, which presents a nude male body. The affinity and slow-motion of the camera forces the effect of intimacy and eroticism of this moment. From one side it is the nude male body, but from another side, it is the piece of “etude” included in the everyday study practice. This video poses the question of where is the border in the perception of the nude body.


Natalia Tikhonova

She is a multidisciplinary artist, curator, and researcher currently based in Saint Petersburg, Russia. She works with different mediums, ranging from videos, poems, painting, and installations to social and curatorial projects where non-art analytic methods are combined with traditional art practice.  

The main interests of her projects are the states of instability and fluidity with their paradox of staying and moving at the same time. She explores them on the questions of memory, identity, personal and political borders, and art definitions themselves.

One of the main topics of her researches is changing the space and time of art from the perspective of "exhibition", which she defines as a sign and a process. Her curatorial projects exist in the form of nomadic practices or online platforms, and aim to take shape of streams and points convenient for multimedia and gray zones in the middle of private and public space where we all live now. 

Other topics of her art projects are determined by processes and changing trails of time, history, memory, identity, and structures of feelings. She tries to define them by examining themes of post-soviet, traumas, militarism, mass media, propaganda, collective memory using personal reflections, affective domains, and analytic methods.