21 Rose

21 Rose on a man's body is a name of torture that was explained in detail by a Russian soldier in a phone conversation with his family intercepted by the Ukrainian forces.
This artist, whose name we cannot disclose, created her installation 21 Rose but could not exhibit it as the venue where the exhibition was to take place was stormed by FSB.

Scythian soldier — mother’s comfort:

the are inhuman —

in the bottom of the pit of a silent country

his body is flowering

like two sister buds — two nipples

heaviness and…

what is the other word?

it seems, only ripples…

The text used in the installation — “we love the flavour and the smell of meat” — is quoted from Alexander Blok’s poem Scythians. Soon after the beginning of the war, Russian TV started playing a propaganda video where the head of Roscosmos corporation Rogozing, known for his ties with neo-nazis in Russia, declaimed this poem with the backdrop of the Russian military vehicles.

The black lace and the photo with the artist’s face covered is an allusion to the anti-war action by the Feminist Anti-War Resistance on the 9th of May, Victory Day.

“I’ve read about your project TheVoiceOf Russia and I’m inspired deeply by it. I’m an artist, a member of the Feminist Antiwar Resistance and I stay in Russia. I participate in partisan antiwar activities and continue to create art, or at least try to create antiwar art in one of the Russian cities, not in the capital. I feel very happy finding antiwar artists from Russia, your project makes me feel a little bit less lonely.”

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