The Authorities

Concrete, 1600 x 300 x 80 cm.
Produced with support of Museum for contemporary art PERMM, Perm

2009

There is a huge gap between political elite and ordinary people in Russia as well as in many other countries. This situation mixed with corruption in power structures blocks human rights and freedom of speech. Sculpture view of the word "The Authorities" in Russian also means "The Power". Concrete letters were made with functional idea of the bench - direct proposal to "sit down on the authorities”. It’s not random that letters appear upside down in a view from windows of the Legislative Council building. That provokes the authorities to look at themselves as a head over heels. As an intervention in public space and obsessive presence in a daily life sculpture initiate different levels of reflection. The work reference to the fact that any political regime and any authorities leave their monuments but in this case it produces a monumental fiction, irony which cannot be avoided and extremely difficult to be broken.



       
"The Authorities". Site: Esplanada square, Perm