Winter is leaving

Video Artist: Dasha Fursey
Video Genre: Participation in Video Programs: Year: Duration: 2 min 10 sec


This is an artist’s contemplation about her roots, the land she was born on, the ethnic group she belongs to, the environment and culture in which she grew up, and which shaped her. In her performance, she recreates an ancient Slavic ritual of bidding farewell to Winter and burning a Winter effigy on a bonfire, along with old unnecessary items and remnants of the past. It represents a parting with the past, experiencing a catharsis, purification, and transitioning into a new state.

Dasha Fursey

Graduated from the Saint Petersburg Academy of Arts. The artist's works are in the collections of museums and galleries in Russia and around the world: in the Hermitage in St. Petersburg, the Charles Saatchi Gallery in London, the MARTT Museum in Italy, and in the Mmoma Museum in Moscow. Daria's works are also in the private collections of William Macdugall, Len Blavatnick, Emir Kusturica, Gerard Depardieu and many others.

Daria participated in the Venice Biennale, FIAC Paris, Armory Show N.Y., an exhibition at the Saatchi Gallery, the Tretyakov Gallery, Ca' Foscari Venice, the Sergei Kuryokhin Center and the State Hermitage Museum.

She painted portraits of Gerard Depardieu, Diana Vishneva, Emir Kusturica and Natalia Vodianova (commissioned by Vogue magazine).