Anastasia Mityukova. Have you already seen an iceberg under the rain?

15.02 — 16.04.2023

Vernissage: 14.02.2023 18:00

Anastasia Mityukova

Here, the Arctic reeks of death. During her residency in Qaanaaq, the northernmost town in Greenland, the Geneva-based artist Anastasia Mityukova measured the distance separating the imaginaries of the Arctic Circle from its reality. For several years, she has been studying, deconstructing and confronting the Western visual culture of the North Pole with reality. Shaped by countless documentary films, illustrated books or photojournalistic reportages, it populated by explorers acclaimed as heroes, a fauna that has become a generic symbol of global warming, and immaculate landscapes. It promotes fantasies of purity, adventure, exoticism and authenticity, obscuring more complicated realities: multifaceted geopolitical interests, a colonial history that is not always discussed as such, or a certain ambivalence about climate change. The artist seizes on these contradictions to bring nuance and complexity to these representations, and to underline the extent to which our gaze is constructed and conditioned.

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Anastasia Mityukova * 1992 in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, lives in Geneva, Switzerland

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