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Anastasya Kizilova

The Artist's Uniform

This play is a reflection on the (im)possibility of accepting diversity and the other. The fragmented body of the neoplasm—the fruit of unstable conditions—overcomes barriers, loves and denies itself and others, wanders around, forgetting its profession. It frequently and with pleasure divides, goes through dangerous palpation, questions the possibility of contact with the experience of the other. Poorly brought up but very successful, it invites us to a trans-species transition.

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Materials: Fabric, sewing machine

The Artist’s Uniform is professional work clothing, an identifying mark of the art community. Since 2014, the artist has sewn more than 100 uniforms, each one made by hand, using individual measurements. All similar in some ways, yet very different in others: varied in color, button styles, pockets, the fabric itself.

The design of the uniform itself is a simple unisex working coat with easy-to-spot pockets. The Artist’s Uniform main cut is based around a square, in tribute to early Soviet avant-garde artists such as Stepanova, Popova and Rodchenko. These artists broke the barrier between art and everyday life, turning utopian dreams into reality.

Each uniform is closely related to the person wearing it. Since the project’s start, the artist asks their colleagues to answer questions like “Why do you need The Artist’s Uniform?”, or “What does it mean to you?” The artist turns the making of these uniforms into an artistic statement within itself. They reproduce their studio in different galleries, museums, and other cultural institutions. When participating in exhibitions, the artist sews the uniforms during opening hours. As a result of their work with artists, they display the remaining fabric, the uniforms themselves, their workspace, as well as a representation of the context surrounding each uniform.

The project has never been exhibited abroad. The Artist’s Uniform is worn by cultural workers from Belarus, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, and Russia.




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About The Artist

Anastasya Kizilova, a researcher, artist, science-fiction writer, was born in 1986. She began her artistic career in 2001 started her education at Stieglitz St. Petersburg State Academy of Art and Industry. In 2013, Anastasya presented the project The Artist Uniform, the aim of which was to interact with the participants of the professional art system. In 2015 she co-organized the horizontal initiative, Flying Cooperation, which unites multi-skilled young artists, who were born in the Post-Soviet space (Belarus, Russia, Ukraine). Since 2016 she has collected an archive of unrealized artists’ ideas entitled Found Project: authors share their ideas for free, so other people who need ideas can realize them. At the moment she works in the field of environmental communication, which focuses on posthumanist and nonhumanist ways of interacting, bringing together theoretical approaches such as queer-ecology, cyberfeminism, bioanarchism and practical methods such as performative creation of an interspecific collective body. 


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