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Monument 2, Carbonarium, Kiev, June 2019.

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Extract of a discussion with Olga Skliarska:

''I'll try to make short and clear, but sometime, when I explain my work, I get confused. Starting out of the theme ''artist and the city'', I though about the city as something we built as humans around our collective identities. Thus, it brought me to something I began working on my previous performance, the idea of monument, which is about a representaion of culture. Then I asked myself what culture? And I realized that the question was the answer: ''what culture?''. At first I wanted to use concrete cement instead of the sand, but it was too toxic, corrosive and armful, so Carbonarium wouldn't permit it. I used sand instead as some representation of the destruction of monumentality. The objects I was throwing was a way for me to get rid of some things (marbles, dices, bullets, minerals...), emptying myself from violence, chaos, cosmos, materials...) I've also though about the idea of game vs culture or entertaintment vs culture, in particular with the dices and marbles, and acknowledging the fact that we're all doing some kind of ''show''. The masked face was to avoid any manifestation of EGO. I like to do things undercover for that reason. This was the basic idea. But when I got to carbon, and even during the performance, a lot of ideas changed, evolved, or went away. I like to keep myself free enough during a performance to change ideas, or play with them. Make new connections you know. That is why I sometime get into a casual attitude. Anyways. As I was doing it, I realized it was also about water, death, and territory. (is that helping you?) (so nervous)

Oh and the marble pillars. I found them at carbon and though of them as ruins of something precious. I watered them, then tried to stand on one. I succeded three times, but the pillar fell and broke. It made kind of sense for me.

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I came to that performance by following a thread. Choosing the meanings and the actions as they arrived to me. I like performance to be not litteral. It doesn't have a single meaning, it's more like a network of connections.''