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Series of Paintings "Venetian Dreams"

ФИО студента: Alina Kostrichenko

Руководитель: Alexandra Kuznetsova

Кампус/факультет: Faculty of Communications, Media, and Design

Программа: Contemporary Art Practices (Master)

Год защиты: 2021

What happens to the city when the numerous tourists who have filled it for hundreds of years disappear from its streets? Are the local people coming out? And if lately they also prefer to stay at home more often? When the daily noisy crowds have disappeared from the Venetian streets several months ago, the city plunged into a dreamy slumber, in which its real historical inhabitants, mythical creatures who actually owned the city centuries ago, but were afraid of tourists crowds, began to appear. Now they freely can go out to the streets under the cover of twilight, along with real Venetians. Do not be surprised if, as you cross the canal in the evening, you see a mermaid tail flashing in the water, or when you turn around a corner, you encounter a lion and a unicorn discussing their old secrets, or if you look out of the window and see a griffin sitting down to short rest on your balcony. So, they are the heroes of my work series, which shows the real secret life of the city, which is rarely revealed to locals and almost never to visitors. They are not supposed to be seen by foreigners who cannot understand the soul of Venice during their short two-day visits, but thanks to the unique circumstances that have developed during my life in Venice in recent months, this opportunity has opened up for me to look behind this veil of secrecy and carefully observe and depict the hidden life of the city.

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