Pidjak Dla Khodby Na Rukakh
Textile, found parts
The ‘Neighbours’ series, taciturnly described by the artist as “the current state of practice, started in 1993”, are cryptic yet self-explanatory. We don’t really need to ask why these people are sitting so comfortably on the edge of their windowsills and balconies; possible reasons for falling can be intuited, but the suspension is Nilin’s magic trick.
Pidjak Dla Khodby Na Rukakh is made up of a transparent mannequin wearing a modified tweed jacket with upside down pockets bulging with cables and other things, wearing a smiley face badge on it, and a hook with nothing hanging on it. The set-up is unclear, but it seems that this object too is immune to the physical laws of the universe. Asked to discuss both of these works, Nilin opts for an a propos epigram taken from a Talking Heads song: “...Somewhere in South Carolina/gravity don’t mean a thing...”