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Marina Aleksashina

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My practice as an emerging artist and recent immigrant centers on the notion of radical vulnerability, hindered and obfuscated by a multitude of human trauma responses. In my work, I treat these struggles with sympathy, delving deep into themes of games, fantasy, immigration, misogyny, pain, aggression, and sartorial virtue-signaling. I am attuned to the spatial, engaging all senses of the viewer, drawing them in to confront the uncomfortable, ennui, and the political. I enjoy exploring the collective psyche by subverting images stored in the Internet's hive mind—a landscape familiar to the generation heavily engaged online. By merging my personal idiosyncrasies with broader expressions of human pain, I produce work that is playful, earnest, and deeply connective.


Like many of my generation of young Russians, I have been forced to make dramatic choices. Due to multiple immigrations in recent years, I have faced the challenge of establishing and maintaining connections. This has significantly influenced my practice and work. I find myself in a constant cycle of starting anew, seeking friendships, acquaintances, colleagues, suitable workspaces, and striving to understand and integrate into the art community. However, this process often comes with its share of frustrations, as I feel like an outsider and struggle to adapt.


The absence of a stable network constrains my ability to fully immerse myself in the artistic realm. Collaboration becomes challenging, and the lack of a supportive community affects both my creative growth and professional opportunities. Building a strong foundation, nurturing relationships, and finding a sense of belonging are essential for any artist's development, and these constraints hinder my progress.

To move past these limitations, I envision finding a secure space where I can continue to explore my artistic journey. It is crucial to remain resilient, not lose hope, and actively seek like-minded individuals and places of empowerment.


In the proposed residency project, I aim to investigate the complex relationship between womanhood, culture, and the notion of home—longing for it and resenting it. I want to explore my experience of immigration in the aftermath of war, the constant neurosis of new weaponry, and the intersections between relationships with partners and my country, marked by abuse, distance, and unhealthy attachments. It's a love entwined with pain, a pain one becomes accustomed to and doesn't know how to live without. I aim to articulate pain and vulnerability through objects, space, and sounds, encompassing as many ways of perception as possible. I seek to dissect the hive mentality of the internet to elucidate the nostalgia for imaginary relationships and spaces.

Themes of infantilism, carelessness of attitude, a self-fulfilling prophecy of generational trauma, the desire for fetishization, and the sexualization of one's image—all play significant roles in my work. There's a longing to be omnipresent, an insider, and an outsider simultaneously.

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