“If your eyes hurt, it's because you are looking at a star”.
The installation is built in connection with the theme of the discourse about "Scenes of War" represented at speed-dating with artists at III International Conference "Discourse of the Other as Pleasure".
It's constructed of two dressing rooms, covered with black velvet, one put in another. It's a place for one. It feels and looks like a theatre stage with heavy curtains and as a confessional at the same time.
When you enter the first curtain, you appear in almost black space bounded with black velvet. You can notice a faint light going through the second curtain.
When you open the second curtains, a strong light blinds you. Its resource is placed in the centre of a huge black and white photograph. At this photo people are standing in rounds on the street. They are mourning, facing to the centre of photo mostly, at a spot where the light goes from. It's a documentary photograph of a war funeral, and there is a coffin with a dead in the centre, but instead it there is a strong light source.
Also there is a text under your feet: "if your eyes hurt, it's because you are looking at a star". Taken from a popular T-shirt it's situated between curtains and can be seen only if it reflects some light. So at least you need slightly open the second curtain to see it.
There are different scenarios for the spectator: be hurt and leave, try to see through light and notice the photograph, look under feet and decide that it's a starlight, etc.
But anyway you take with you a little pain and a blind spot in your sight, which accompany you for a while as a sign of something we can't see.
Installation view at APXIV, 2017. Photos: Nikita Kaem.