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Flowers and grass
On 8 July 2022, Varvara Grankova's solo show titled Flowers and Grass after a lyric from a song by the Soviet rock band Kino, launches at Alisa Gallery in the Cube.Moscow space.
Artist Varvara Grankova creates her works using unwanted and redundant clothing. In the run-up to the exhibition, Varvara set up a hub for collecting and sorting out garments that Ukrainian refugees might need. The project is an attempt to lend a helping hand to those who find themselves in dire straits and to create an occasion for compassion, solidarity, belonging and solace for those in Russia who are eager to help, to re-establish dialogue and unite both sides through inciting hope for the end of the war and human suffering.
Skull, field and flower, simple images woven from human clothing, symbolize the “mass ornament” and refer to the iconic works of the twentieth century by Yannis Kounnelis and Anselm Kiefer, in which garments, found objects told the sad stories of wars, which subsequently outlined the history of art for periods . So Varvara Grankova, herself, probably not realizing it, created a project that stands at this border of a new temporary break.
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