Video Artist: Veronika Rudyeva-Ryazantseva
Country: Year: Duration: 3 min 50 sec
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Music by Gaetano Donizetti, in role Elizaveta Aksagova singer from Mariinsky Theatre.

Declaration is a part of the multimedia project “Intermission”, which refers to the etalon of classical art touching upon the eternal questions: what is art, and is it alive?! Elizaveta Aksagova, a singer from the Mariinsky Theatre, in the role of the opera diva, wrings her hands to confess her love to her dying lover named Art.


The Libretto of the opera-parody by the artist goes as follows:
“Art, my love! You are so wonderful and glorious!
Oh! Art! I love you!
Why do they want to slander and smear you!?
Oh, Art, art, art! Leave it in peace!
People want beauty and splendour,
Yea, Love and Beauty forever,
Bring back love and the beauty to the people,
Oh! Genuine art!
Too many pesticides, flavour enhancers, semi-processed produce and concentrates …. 
The End will come to the sun and the earth, but art is eternal!”


Veronika Rudyeva-Ryazantseva

Born in 1981 in Krasnoyarsk, Siberia, Russia. Lives & works in St.Petersburg. 

2009 Summer conceptualism school by Josef Bakshtain;
 2005-2008 Pro Arte Fondation (New technologies in contemporary art)
; 2001-2007 Academy of Applied Arts by Shtiglitz St.Petersburg (Monumental Painting);
 1996-2001 Art College by Surikov, Krasnoyarsk (Artistic – pedagogical department).


“I am an artist-observer and position myself in relation to the generation ‘children of perestroika’. Often, the heroes of my works are people who become symbols: time, place, generations, events. I am interested in ‘the human’ and in questions of identification and the everyday absurdity that surrounds us; in the link between the past and the present. Art, for me, is first and foremost a space for experiment. I am in favor of risk, attempts and doubts, ‘unexplored territories”.