PRESERVES

Biruchiy Island, Zaporozhye region, Ukraine 2012

Arriving at the site of an artist residency at one of the former tourist camps on the island Biryuchi in the Azov Sea, Kadyrova discovered several large metal objects scattered on the shore. The objects resembled tin cans for conserved fish and actually turned out to be fragments of capsules used to transport the SS20 military rocket. The original visual image of cans of preserves fit well with the idea of the curtailment and conservation of the military might of the former Soviet Union. In addition, the name of the residency “Time, the Fourth Dimension,” the modernized territory of the former Soviet recreation facility with its ubiquitous signs of the past, and the Soviet-era transport capsules prompted the artist to further exploration of the passage and conservation of the time of the island itself and Ukrainian society as a whole. 

Two cans of the most popular preserves, “sprats” and “sardines,” whose label designs were practically unchanged from Soviet times, were purchased at the local grocery store. These two cans served as the prototypes for the artistic objects: two of the transport capsules were painted with acrylic to resemble cans of preserves. Meanwhile a survey-vote was conducted amongst the other residency participants, who were asked to choose which of the two kinds of preserves they preferred. Sardines won. The names of those who voted for each kind were inscribed on the labels of the Preserves, listed as “Ingredients.” 

SARDINES

Ingredients:

 

A. Markitan

A. Tatarenko

A. Siguntsov

A. Orlov

I. Sołomko

N. Smirnov

M. Khruschak

N. Loiko

M. Pasechnik

N. Shaleniy

N. Matsenko

M. Roganov

D. Ruban

R. Kondratiuk

A. Sakhno

B. Samorodov

B. Nimirovsky

K. Mishukov

G. Kozub

I. Tkacheva

Madjahs (3 person)

Y. Moldavchuk

SPRATS

Ingredients:

 

O. Roitburd
O. Say
A. Stegura
L. Kalugin
V. Begalska
V. Pokidanets
V. Gulich
I. Isupov
M. Mamsikov
M. Onysko
O. Tistol
J. Kadyrova
Apl 315
O. Kulagin
N. Makeev
O. Sokolov
S. Kodatsky
L. Maket
L. Goldstein
M. Shapoval
K. Doroshenko

© Тексты о работах: Олена Червонык, Виталий Атанасов

© Дизайн: Денис Рубан 

© Переводы: Лариса Бабий,

Екатерина Кочеткова, Марьяна Матвейчук,

Куролай Абдухаликова