Water Wears Away the Stone

Installation. 10 granite sculptures / 5-channel video / 1-channel video.


Installation dealing with the position of police authority and its power within society. The work balances between a critical representation of power structures and the personal narrative of a former policeman. It consist three parts. Short videos filmed by the artist on different public protests and manifestations happened in Ukraine in 2012 – 2013 are a sketches and visual research materials of the issue. Sculptures of police boots stands in a line on the level of viewer's eyes and on a high podium which became a symbolic border in a space. One channel video titled “Dima” is a documentary story about former policeman who now works as a stonemason and cut out sculptures of police boots for an artist's order. The interview shows an example of the person who changed his civil and human views to the opposite which totally changed his life. Through voice over and use of the fragments of Soviet cartoons an author shows his personal attitude and relationships with a hero.

"Water wears away the stone", stills from 5-channel video, 0:30 mins. in loop.

"Water wears away the stone", granit, 10 objects, 50 x 50 x 20 cm each; wooden podium, 1,55 m. high.

"Dima", one-channel video projection. 

Installation views PinchukArtCentre, Kyiv.
Photo: Serhiy Illyin