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SELECTED WORKS BY Irina Korina

Capital

Capital

Irina Korina
Capital

2012

Mixed media

220 x 50 x 50 cm
At over 2 metres high, Irina Korina’s Capital (2012), a column-like ‘ruin’ composed of what looks like refuse material, stands as an ironic monument to contemporary culture. The sculpture is made up of ordinary thin plastic bags filled with discarded, donation clothing, tied up and hung flaccidly from the centre of a banged up corrugated metal pillar. It has been designed with a child-like imagination and simplicity – dumpsite art, made out of a top-heavy consumerism fallen by the wayside.

The work’s title seems just as uncomplicated and direct; it’s hard to ignore the obvious play it makes between the central Marxist work critiquing capitalism as an economic system and the term for the top element (Ionian, Doric, etc) of a column in classical architecture, here made out of waste. Capitalism, the sculpture seems to be suggesting, is no more than this: the redistribution of excess. Knowing the context in which Korina works, another meaning of ‘capital’ appears perhaps even more urgent – the general condition of post-Soviet, post-socialist utopian disarray in the city centres of Russia today.

Korina trained as a theatre designer and is known for creating enveloping room installations out of disposable, ordinary materials common to every Russian – a little like Ilya Kabakov’s Soviet interiors, but with a heavier dose of whimsy and kitsch. Previously, she’s used familiar cheap floral fabric, discarded furniture and magazines to create an unfamiliar materiality verging on the absurd, and to confront us with objects and spaces conjuring memories of a previous time. Behind its comical makeshift appearance, Capital stands as a totem to the everyday, leaving us to wonder the meaning of this traditional object reincarnated by Korina.

Text by Lupe Nùñez-Fernández

Irina Korina's BIOGRAPHY

Irina Korina
Born in 1977, Moscow
Lives and works in Moscow


SOLO EXHIBITIONS


2012
Demonstrative behavior, Scaramouche gallery, New York

2009
Installations, MMCA, Moscow
Comma13, Bloomberg Space, London
Installationen, Museum Folkwang at RWE Turm, Essen

2007
:)), XL Gallery, Moscow

2006
Positive Vibrations, XL Gallery, Moscow
Top Model, Contemporary City Foundation, Moscow

2005
Station keeper, XL Gallery, Moscow

2004
Back to the future, XL Gallery, Moscow

2003
Urangst, XL Gallery, Moscow

2001
Camouflage, XL Gallery, Moscow

2000
29 Transformations, XL Gallery, Moscow


GROUP EXHIBITIONS


2012
Gaiety Is The Most Outstanding Feature Of The Soviet Union, Saatchi Gallery, London
In an Absolute Disorder, Arts Santa Monica, Barcelona
Futurologia, Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture de Nante,Nantes
The False Calculations Presidium, Museum of Business and Philanthropy, V-A-C
Foundation,Moscow

2011
Svoboda, Spazio Carbonesi, Болонья
Once upon a Present, Galerija SC,Zagreb
Russian Povera, PAC, Milano
Verge, International Design Week of Milan

2010
Futurologia / Russia Utopias. Garage CCA, Moscow
Au present,CA«Passerelle»,Brest

2009
Sketches of installations. XL Gallery, Moscow
New old cold war. Red October factory, Moscow
Urban Stories, X Baltic Triennial. Contemporary Art Centre, Vilnius
Russian pavilion, Venice biennale, Venice
Invasion:evasion. Baibakov art projects, Moscow

2008
Russian Povera, Perm

2006
Modus R, ArtBasel, Майами

2005
Angels of History, MUHKA, Antwerp
Europalia, Brussels
Moscow Biennale. Lenin Museum, Moscow

2003
Horizons of Reality. MUHKA museum, Antwerp

2002
Photobiennale. Manege, Moscow

2001
Dream team. XL Gallery, Moscow

2000
Photobiennale. Central House of Artists. Moscow

1999
Vynil Bones. XL Gallery, Moscow