I’ve been living in Paris for a year, and before that I was living in Moscow and hanging out at Cascade since 2019. I initially wanted to know what curating is (a very confusing term, I wanted to find out how it relates to art, etc.). And I really liked it!
“Cascade” had super curators and guys, and an especially cool opportunity to feel part of something bigger! At school I tried to do something that I didn’t usually do: not draw, but invent something (I thought a lot) and build with my hands, in some way conceptualize. For example, in 2021 I did a work on the self-mummification of Japanese monks and the feeling of dying. To do this, he embalmed pig skin and built a huge white cloth cube. I generally liked cubes… So in 2022 I did a job in the factory on context and how to avoid it. I wrote poems, I was in the (poetry) group of Dima Gerchikov, who for the first time in my life taught me to stop being ashamed of the desire to write something and not just try to explain everything in an extravagant way. “Cascade” has led me throughout all these years to continue dedicating myself to contemporary art! And he hinted furiously that that was my main interest.
Now I study modern art in France, at the Sorbonne, I draw comics, combining letters and graphics, and I am a member of an artists’ workshop. I like making fanzines and drawing, walking through the Buttes Chaumont park and constantly trying to escape from Paris to other cities. Without “Cascade” it’s pretty sad here, I would like to go back to those times when you could come to a museum or gallery and laugh with your friends at Olga Sviblova and the works of Moscow conceptualists, and then talk seriously about Russian rap .