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Nika Kupyrova

Roadkill

2011

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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Curated by Katherine Talcott

Artist Statement

I find the deep-rooted familiarity and strong narrative potential of found objects very appealing. Essential to my work is the ability of such objects to create an emotionally charged space, which allows the viewer to interpret it according to their unique experience. Materials are always the starting point of my work; the resulting multi-layered, tactile pieces use the functions and sentiments of the original materials to create fictional objects, which are partly recognizable, although alarmingly undefined. In my installation for the Mattress Factory, I wanted to create a pure, clinical space: in the glowing white room, the objects appear detached from their initial functions. They seem intimate although impersonal. Inside the space, there seems to be a shift in perception and unexpected connections between the objects emerge intuitively. According to the rules of dream logic, these relationships appear authentic, but when watched too closely they disintegrate.

Exhibition

Factory Installed: November 28, 2011 - May 27, 2012
About The Artist

Nika Kupyrova is an artist, curator, and art enthusiast. She was born in Kyiv, Ukraine and studied in art institutions in Austria, Scotland, and Iceland. Kupyrova received her BA in Painting from Edinburgh College of Art and her MA in Transdisciplinary Arts from the University of Applied Arts in Vienna. She has exhibited both nationally and internationally, including WIELS Contemporary Art Centre, Brussels; LENTOS Kunstmuseum, Linz; Meetfactory Centre for Contemporary Art, Prague; RAVNIKAR Gallery, Ljubljana; Wien Museum MUSA, Vienna; National Center for Contemporary Art, Moscow and Lothringer13, Munich. She is living and working in Vienna and Prague.

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