Moment in the ZOO, photo, 2015
Once upon a time, Anton and Marika stood on the Barcelona Zoo lawn, eyeing the palm trees’ tops. It was night. They were naked because had smeared with medicine gel, standing with legs and arms apart to dry, their bodies looked shining. It was a moment before the irrigation system was about to turn on, of which Anton and Marika had no idea: fountains of water in the dark would rush on them in half a second. Artists have not noticed that they were spied on from the bushes by those who would steal all their things a few minutes later.
If one in his solitude drops out of the interhuman world, two always carry it. Anton Kryvulia and Marika Krasina met at the Murano pier at the end of 2014, turning up from different locations. That same night they threw all their swag into the lagoon. Getting dressed up in a Chinese store like a royal family in exile, artists flew to Nepal, with a notion not to come back anywhere.
Marika and Anton stopped enclosing themselves in flats with a world beyond. So often as can converse and think, they detect the world inside any room. Artists no longer live in one place, and not because lack one. But the opposite — everywhere is the same spot, same capacity. Marika and Anton (M&A) work everywhere: in the forest, in the city, on the fields, in the cabins, in the boats, on the night road, wherever could talk to each other.
“On the sideway in Budapest, Luang Prabang, Rome; on the rooftop in Seoul or Kathmandu; on the balcony in our studio on Rabochaya St. in Moscow; in a cafe in Porto or Cadaques — everywhere is the same still stream, into which you can step twice or trice, you may ever enter it.”
Moment in the ZOO, detail, photo, 2015
September 1st, 2018, Finocchio, photo, 2018
In Dresden, artists rented an office in an empty administrative building. The chief — a Pegida voter and Putin admirer, leased a room on the terms that they would not live there. M&A settled there down with parrot and soon occupied the entire level. They compiled an index of all the things in their room and reflected that it meant something. Titled this work “Common Body”; since then, artists have been fixing this body’s state, rendering new lists of belongings wherever happen to be.
Anton and Marika stuck that summer in Barcelona without money. Besides, they had to cure scabies. That night in the zoo, they undressed, smeared with special gel on each other, and were waiting for it to absorb into the skin. The summer was hot, and when the automatic irrigation system started to work, they and their things got wet instantly. They hung clothes on the trees around the brightly lit empty dance arena and climbed onto it. M&A had a large roll of paper with them; began to paint it with ink and palm leaves. Were they robbed already? Yes indeed.
Remained things, photo, 2015
List of stolen things:
01. Fine nylon brush from Nepal.
02. China brushes for calligraphy.
03. Fishing bells.
04. Perfume in the glass bottle.
05. Keys from the apartment.
06. MacBook Air, 13-inch.
07. Knitted top from India.
08. Leggins from Venice china shop.
09. Pink plastic folder with three large colored paper envelopes, each with the round stamp “ Chaos Sense Delight” and handwritten signature “Common body.”
10. “Magic mold attacks Paris”, inscription with drawings on the pocket map.
11. Documents in German. Mietvertrag, Dresden.
11. Notebook with notes.
12. Folding flower made of rice paper in the homemade gift box with the postcard.
13. Jewellery: golden chain, copper bracelet, the ring with diamonds, the bronze ring with moonstone, Indian ankle bracelet, pearl necklace, silver chain with the turquoise turtle pendant.
15. Folder with printouts. Rosalind Epstein Krauss. Die Originalität der Avantgarde und andere Mythen der Moderne.
The Things, exhibition, 2015
In August 2015, Anton and Marika recreated the details of the robbery of artists in Barcelona. The exhibition in Dresden consisted of a story about the event, a video on the screen of a mobile phone, a list of stolen things, and the installation of those things that remained after the robbery. more
All We Have, slide-show, 2019
So it turns out that the sharpest and precise observations objectify in the most paltry artifacts. The events of that night still set the scale for artists' work. “We are stretched between a spatial body and the event in the dance arena's space, addicted to the game, while someone taking our things.”
This limited bunch of things becomes their constant companion, forming something like a common body, over which Anton and Marika follow with interest; that mysterious ontology of things gets the matter of all M&A artistic works. Artists turn their belongings into art objects and then return them to everyday use. Things' artistic destiny is instant and solemn; they never become a product, but return to their source, revealing a flickering trace of Nonknowledge on themselves.
Jubilation (Anger is an Energy), performative object, 2019
© Marika Krasina & Anton Kryvulia, 2014-2021