London-based Russian artist Maria Gorodeckaya presents an artist’s zine that weaves diaristic poetry with a selection of photographs made - and taken - of boys, over the course of the last two years.
Gorodeckaya’s work sits at the crossroads of writing, performance and sculpture as an investigation into the power dynamics within which identities are determined through both affective and affected bodies. Before practicing as an artist, Maria worked in the media in Moscow, where she became acutely aware that women are not socially trained to objectify men. What happens when the gaze is reversed? The visual languages for objectifying men have often been developed by gay photographers and filmmakers. Treating herself as a subject of culture, Gorodeckaya uses Fiction to investigate the differences, if any, between these existing languages and her own formed gaze.
Maria Gorodeckaya received her MFA from Goldsmiths, London and has previously exhibited at Roman Road, London; Kevin Space, Vienna and Jupiter Woods at Sorbus Gallery, Helsinki.
The release of Fiction coincided with Room, a new installation at Almanac Inn, Turin.
• 40 pages
• Uncoated staple-bound booklet
• 115 x 171 mm