Elena Gubanova & Ivan Govorkov (Russia) The Enlightened One, 2019
Elena Gubanova & Ivan Govorkov (Russia) The Enlightened One, 2019

Elena Gubanova & Ivan Govorkov (Russia) The Enlightened One, 2019

kinetic installation, 2019
rowing machine, metal lotus, mechanics, mirror, projector, computer programming
Engineer: Alexey Grachev
Supported by CYLAND Media Art Lab

Annotation:
I am the light which is over them all.
(Gospel of Thomas, 77)

For those who strive for self-knowledge
The way it should ideally be
First act
The “Seeker” tries to see the “sought-for” through the effort of his action. The action results in the unlocking of the “mystery” (lotus) where the “Seeker” appears before his reflection in the mirror and understands that the seeker is, in fact, the sought-for.

Second act
Suddenly blinded by a flicker of light from the mirror in which he has just seen his reflection, the “Seeker” senses that he is in fact the light. A connection takes place with the “Light Source” through an emotionally blinding flash that annihilates the former illusory personal identity.
Russian Federation


Elena Gubanova & Ivan Govorkov (Russia) The Enlightened One, 2019

Elena Gubanova & Ivan Govorkov (Russia, CYLAND Media Art Lab)

Ivan Govorkov (Russia)
Artist. Born in 1949 in Leningrad, USSR. Graduated from the Ilya Repin State Academic Institute of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture (Leningrad, USSR). Works in the fields of philosophy, psychology, painting, drawing, sculpture and installations. Professor of drawing at the Ilya Repin Institute. Recipient of Sergey Kuryokhin Award (Russia, 2012) as “Best Work of Visual Art” (together with Elena Gubanova). His works were exhibited at major Russian and foreign venues, including the Hermitage Museum (St. Petersburg, Russia), Russian Museum (St. Petersburg, Russia), Museum of Moscow (Moscow, Russia), Chelsea Art Museum (New York, USA), Kunstquartier Bethanien (Berlin, Germany), Sky Gallery 2 (Tokyo, Japan). Participant of the Manifesta 10 parallel program (St. Petersburg, Russia, 2014) and several exhibitions parallel to Venice Biennale (biannually since 2011). Since 1990, he has been working in collaboration with Elena Gubanova. Lives and works in St. Petersburg, Russia.

Elena Gubanova (Russia)
Artist, curator. Born in 1960 in Ulyanovsk, USSR. Graduated from the Ilya Repin State Academic Institute of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture (Leningrad, USSR). Works in the fields of painting, sculpture, installations, and video. Recipient of Sergey Kuryokhin Award (Russia, 2012) as “Best Work of Visual Art” (together with Ivan Govorkov). Her works were exhibited at major Russian and foreign venues, including the Hermitage Museum (St. Petersburg, Russia), the Russian Museum (St. Petersburg, Russia), Museum of Moscow (Moscow, Russia), Chelsea Art Museum (New York, USA), Kunstquartier Bethanien (Berlin, Germany). Participant of the Manifesta 10 parallel program (St. Petersburg, Russia, 2014) and several exhibitions parallel to Venice Biennale (biannually since 2011). Since 1990, she has been working in collaboration with Ivan Govorkov. Lives and works in St. Petersburg, Russia.
elenagubanova.com


Stand D49 (pav. 5) - Elena Gubanova & Ivan Govorkov (Russia, CYLAND Media Art Lab)

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