painter, sound artist

Alexei Biryukoff

soБЫТИЕ - 2006

soБЫТИЕ - was a project dedicated to the tragic events in Beslan in 2004
The name of the project translates as EVENT but in Russian the prefix "so" suggests a play on words "event", "being" and "co-existence".
We have had many attacks before Beslan, but this time it was the most outrageous and absurd act of brutality, where fully armed adults were shooting in the backs of the children who were trying to run away from the school where they were captured for 3 days without food and water...

Beslan was very different from previous attacks - at that time the whole big country became united like one family, many many people could not watch news without tears when this was happening. The question is - WHY only a great grief can unite us and make us remember that we are humans not just population or a community of consumers? If everything happens for a reason - WHY such things happen? WHY do we let politicians use our racial, religious and cultural differences to manipulate our minds? WHY are we so reluctant to look for the answers in ourselves?

These and other questions I was asking myself when I was working on soБЫТИЕ. Hopefuly people who came to my show woke up for a moment and became less passive and careless about their own lives. I wanted to stir up some questions that have no answers and make people notice similarities that unite us rather than look for differences that make us enemies.

No animal kills its own kind
62x77 in oil on cardboard

No animal kills its own kind

72x65 in oil on cardboard

Child's Head
55x98 in oil on cardboard

55x70 in oil on cardboard

I Want To Live
55x98 in oil, mixed media on cardboard

98x208 in oil, mixed media on cardboard

75x32 in oil on cardboard

62x55 in oil, newspaper on cardboard

98x48 in oil on cardboard

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