Sofia Gavrilova

Dug Holes. 2014. Video installation. Courtesy of the artist

Dug Holes. 2014. Video installation. Courtesy of the artist


Dug Holes. 2014. Video installation. Courtesy of the artist

Dug Holes. 2014. Video installation. Courtesy of the artist


Dug Holes. 2014. Video installation. Courtesy of the artist

Dug Holes. 2014. Video installation. Courtesy of the artist


Dug Holes

Plastic printing
2014

The installation features photographs of empty landscapes shot by Gavrilova during her geographical expeditions through Russia. The work consists of vertical panoramas reminding of plans for geological tests. Landscapes akin to cross-section samples provide an opportunity to focus on the line of horizon itself, which is often difficult to see in urban territories, but which is an integral part of our view of the world. The art journey turns out to be not just a mere geography, but a worldview, where the structure of the space reflects ideology. Travelers from different eras have interpreted this structure in various ways; it could become patchy and spotty because by describing just the stops they would miss the distances.

The Dug Holes replace the usual optics of admiring a dry scientific form and cast doubt on the legitimacy of admiration as such. The work raises the question of exploiting the visual appeal of the less developed territories. Gavrilova, who graduated in geography, wonders to what extent the view of the urban citizen aesthetizes the exoticism of the primordiality constructed by ourselves. The work addresses issues of decolonization of the tradition of the national romanticized landscape, as well as the question about scientific and aesthetic methods of representation of a research.


Sofia Gavrilova (b. 1987, Moscow) is an artist and curator who works mostly with photography and installation. In 2009, Gavrilova graduated from the geography faculty of Lomonosov Moscow State University, where she later completed postgraduate research. In 2012, she graduated from Rodchenko Moscow Photography and Multimedia School. Sofia Gavrilova has taken part in numerous group exhibitions in Russia and abroad, her works featuring in the collection of the Multimedia Art Museum, Moscow. In 2011, she was a laureate of the Solver Camera competition, and she has a laureate been twice long-listed for the Kandinsky Prize (2012, 2013) and the Innovation Prize (2012, 2013), where she received the special prize of Stella Art Foundation (2013).