Purification by snow

Video Artist: Veronika Rudyeva-Ryazantseva
Duration: 4 min 30 sec


The artist watches a woman in her hometown in Siberia cleaning a carpet with snow. Veronica remembers that, when she was a child, this event seemed like a celebration or a game to her when something private, in this case a carpet, that could be found in any regular Soviet interior, was suddenly placed on white snow in the public space. Today this old custom is perceived like an uncanny mystic ritual.

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”.