Anna Škodenko's personal exhibition “Stranger at Home”

04.06.2021

Anna Škodenko will open her personal exhibition “Stranger at Home” in Draakon gallery at 6pm on Wednesday, June 9th, 2021. The exhibition will be open until July 3rd, 2021.
 
The artist comments on her current exposition: “You are looking through the large gallery window and make the decision to step inside of a home that is unknown for you – the space of my exhibition.
 
The phrase “stranger at home” can refer to a stranger in somebody else’s home. It can also mean an alteration in the perception of the external world, transforming close things to something distant. It can allude to a poetic sensation of crossing the borders and facing the unknown. Or it can just happen that at home one feels stranger than in foreign countries. I would like to leave you enough space here to wander towards whatever direction that feels accurate.
 
However, one of the artworks you see needs an introduction:
While daydreaming I always return to an old house of my family. For me both dreaming and that house are embodied in one painting from my childhood. It is a small touristic painting depicting mountain landscape on one side and hiding an image of a forest on the reverse side of it. Apparently, the author of the painting discarded it, and painted the scene over with black. There is no loneliness greater than the loneliness of failure. The failure is a stranger in his own house. But if to look at something intimately, every error has its beauty. As a child I was thrilled to discover that semi-erased landscape. I have spent days looking at it and restoring the painting in my imagination with the most marvelous colours and details. Eventually, I painted a building crane on top of the mountain landscape in order to fit the painting into my new home and level the two sides of it.
 
Now, please proceed to the exhibition space. I will try to keep the volume of construction work down.”
 
Anna Škodenko (1986) is a multidisciplinary artist whose work is characterized by a lyrical and analytical approach to her medium and visual image. The format of the work depends on the conceptual frame which she creates through textual writing and which is conditioned by a specific place, context and theme. Škodenko graduated from the painting department at the Estonian Academy of Arts (2009), complementing her studies at Chelsea College of Art in England and later in the Institute of Contemporary Art in Moscow. Škodenko graduated the one-year Master’s programme at Glasgow School of Arts (2017). She has been awarded with the Eduard Wiiralt Prize (2016) and Köler Prize Grand Prix (2018).
 
Exhibition is supported by the Cultural Endowment of Estonia.
Exhibitions in Draakon gallery are supported by the Cultural Endowment of Estonia, Estonian Ministry of Culture and Liviko Ltd.
 
Additional information:
Draakon Gallery
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