Totalitarian Nostalgia. CataClysms
“CataClysms” is based on the occasionally found method of creating images with the help of the enema and acrylic paint and the impressions from the scandalous speech by Nikita Sergeyevich Khrushchev at the exhibition of the avant-garde artists at Manezh on 1 December 1962. The picture is made with water on textile or silk; with the help of enema and the acrylic paint the picture becomes visible. As a result, what appears is always a surprise for the artist and for the audience. This is the act of painting, the act of painting that converts into a performance.
Nostalgia is a central feature in how people form, maintain and reconstruct a sense of self and the place of the individual in the world. Nostalgia develops usually in the face of present fears, disquiet about the state of affairs and uncertainty about the future. Confronted with social anomie and disjuncture nostalgia provides a sense of continuity. Totalitarian nostalgia is primarily an aesthetic nostalgia. The mechanism of public nostalgia, especially when it is manipulated by the media, often makes the past more palatable and handy for shoring up present exigencies.