Olha Kuzyura Lost presence

Material objects evidencing the aesthetic and mental whimsicality of an era define a person and a reality that no longer exist. They allow us to explore the acute issue of collective memory. Against the background of such a variable geopolitical map of the world there was a break in the continuity of our organic cultural evolution. The baggage of the intellectual, cultural and material heritage that was supposed to underpin our self-identification was irreversibly distorted. As a certain wholeness, this symbolic space gives people confidence and their place in reality. The generation of personalities was eliminated from our past, and the elements of the value paradigm which today should have been our benchmark were systematically destroyed. Therefore, it is especially difficult for us to protect the things created before us, for us, but not by us, and we continue to lose material and metaphysical…

The installation consists of reflections of fragments of loft interiors, destroyed buildings and border posts of states that no longer exist… Each paper object is not only a death mask, but also a document that captures a person’s presence in a space. Processes in the modern world reduce us to a multicultural common denominator, deforming and eroding the boundaries of cultural, and, ultimately, national identity. We don’t feel this Today is ours because we lost our Yesterday.