Please join us for an evening of poetry readings to celebrate the launch of artist Maria Gorodeckaya‘s latest publication in collaboration with 5b to accompany our exhibition Post-Soviet Visions: image and identity in the new Eastern Europe.
Fiction by Maria Gorodeckaya is a zine that consists of poetry about and photographs of boys taken over the last two years.
In Russia, one mainly sees women on the pages of magazines, and women are not socially trained to objectify men. What happens when the gaze is reversed? The visual languages for objectifying men have often been developed by gay photographers and filmmakers. Treating herself as a subject of culture, Maria investigates whether there’s a difference from what she produces to what is already there.
Maria will be reading her latest poetry alongside artists Felix Kalmenson, Megan Nolan and Ryan Swindlehurst.
About the artist
Maria Gorodeckaya’s work sits at the crossroads of writing, performance and sculpture as an investigation into the power dynamics within which identities are determined through both affective and affected bodies.
Maria Gorodeckaya graduated from MFA Fine Art at Goldsmiths, University of London. Recent solo shows include Room at Almanac, Turin, Pulling Flesh from the Shell with an Index at Kevin Space, Vienna, and You forgot numbers in my notes Travelled seas through my veins through my spine Run through my blood At the pace of a good runner at Almanac, London. Recent group exhibition include Meshes of the Afternoon at Roman Road, London, Planned Obscolence at Miltronic Club, Moscow, Accessing Economies: Engagement & Withdrawal at Club Pro, Los Angeles, and Longshore Drift by Jupiter Woods at Sorbus Gallery, Helsinki, amongst others.
5b works with artists and writers to make books and editions that champion the sequenced image, the personal and the unusual. Fiction is their first publication.
Part of a programme of events to accompany our exhibition Post-Soviet Visions which includes a series of panel discussions exploring New East art and culture and a one-day fashion symposium in collaboration with the ICA and TrAIN: The Research Centre for Transnational Art, Identity and Nation, University of the Arts London.