2014, 25 July, 20-00 Opening of the monument «CASUS PACIS or One second prior to the peace”, Street Art Museum, Saint Petersburg
On July 25th at 20-00 at Street Art Museum in Saint-Petersburg artist Kirill Shamanov opens art installation - the monument “CASUS PACIS or One second prior to the peace” dedicated to the criticism of dissemination methods of «humanistic values», «world orders» and «democracy».
Democratic values are considered to be the most humane, calling for the universal tolerance and the interethnic, international consensus. But, unfortunately, during last few decades the explosive bombs that rain on peaceful cities of Vietnam, Serbia, Iraq, Libya, Syria, Afghanistan, Ukraine, Palestine, Israel, Russia and etc. have become the most expressive symbol and a harbinger of «democracy» all over the world.
Bomb found on the fields of World War II was neutralized and renovated and will be exhibited as a readymade and a monument to numerous attempts to inculcate forcibly certain values around the world. An object questions ideas that requires assistance of mercenaries, hypocritical policy and f discreditation of the ideas of peace, pacifism and humanism.
Since the time of Marcel Duchamp contemporary art has been using readymade objects moving them into the new artistic context. Dozens of unexploded bombs and mines have still been found near Saint Petersburg. Using one of them, author refers to the work of Joseph Beuys, German artist, who was a Luftwaffe pilot during World War II and who bombed the Crimea, where he was shot down, and rethought afterwards his views becoming a guru of Modern Art. German wartime bomb identical to those rained by Beuys on Ukrainian and Russian territory was deactivated and filmed as props in several movies about the war. Suspended in a special frame like the legendary Shark by Damien Hirst bomb hung in one second prior to the contact with the ground.
Contact: +79119817695 Kirill Shamanov
Street Art Museum, Saint Petersburg, 84, Shosse Revolucii