16 Nicholson Street Gallery is pleased to share Katerina Sidorova’s ‘As a Pile of Ash’ curated by Aga Paulina Młyńczak. ‘A Pile of Ash’ is a multimedia exhibition informed by the mock execution of Fedor Dostoevsky due to his membership of the Pertrashevsky literary circle in St. Petersburg on December 22, 1859. The project comprises of an installation, a performance and a publication.The case of the Petrashevists has been selected as a pertinent reference for Sidorova as she uses it as a historical parallel to contemporary Russian politics. Sidorova consulted a wide range of archival materials to bring to light patterns of behaviour from the Russian state towards intellectual opposition. This research frames her installation, seeking the limit of speech under oppressive reschemes, and asks at what point does a spoken word or a phrase trigger execution as a response. The exhibition more broadly attempts to stage the performativity inherent in the act of punishment and directs us to consider its connection to the artistic traditions of performance and theatre.
Included in the exhibition is a video of the public performance on Glasgow Green which will be accessible accessible as a 360 degree video. Also as part of the exhibition there is an online publication.
The exhibition closes on April 4th, 2021.
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