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  • Anna Parkina 'The ticket is for today'
  • 20 September to 6 November 2010

Focal Point Gallery presents a solo exhibition by Moscow-based artist Anna Parkina. ‘The ticket is for today’ consists of two parts: a display of book pages, and a newly commissioned film.

The first section of the exhibition shows a decomposed adaptation and archival rendering of Parkina’s new book Biryulevo. Taking its name from a suburb located south of Moscow, which is surrounded by rumours for its activities involving ‘criminal and socially undetermined interests’, and as a ‘pathogenic zone’ that contains infectious agents, the book attempts to portray life in a regional town or peripheral district that embodies political and cultural inscrutability and ambiguity.

The narrative that develops in the publication’s improvised pages, and subsequently in its torn and reformulated display within the gallery, is based on Parkina’s real experiences of this Russian neighbourhood. Shown within a series of tabletop vitrines, the artist’s semi-documentary narrative incorporates images that portray the interiors of trains and trolleybuses, parks

and cafes, and which reveal characters and heroes going about daily tasks and strange rituals.

For her new video, instead of working with actors the artist has chosen to present un-staged shots of people in real situations. By juxtaposing her footage with musical clips, Parkina references the language of advertising and attempts to ‘go beyond the understanding and decoding of common reality’ towards a revolution in the everyday, and the creation of a parallel peripheral world. As a visual poem, one might see this film as an advertisement that somehow decodes the existing world to create a parallel truth. And in another respect, the exhibition’s title ‘The ticket is for today’ acknowledges the pastime of day-tripping, and of visiting a place for a brief moment in time and being transformed by it. Through her project in Southend-on-Sea, Parkina attempts, in a modest way, to go beyond common consciousness by referencing life in marginal and peripheral locations.

This is Anna Parkina’s first project in the UK since taking part in the 2009 Venice Biennale,

where she was one of the international exhibition’s youngest artists. It is also her first solo exhibition in a British public gallery.

Anna Parkina (b. 1979, Moscow, Russia) studied at the Art Center College of Art and Design, Pasedena, California and École des Beaux-Arts, Paris. She is currently based in Moscow, and has had solo exhibitions at Gladstone Gallery, New York (2010), GMG Gallery, Moscow (2009), and Autocenter, Berlin (2008). Recent group exhibitions include ‘Making Worlds’ curated by Daniel Birnbaum, ‘Venice Biennale, The 53rd International Art Exhibition’, ‘East Bound’, KAI 10 Raum für Kunst, Cologne (2009), and ‘Madonna’, Galerie Christian Nagel, Berlin (2008). Forthcoming solo exhibitions by the artist will take place at Wilkinson Gallery, London (2010) and San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (2011).

Anna Parkina will be published by Focal Point Gallery in 2011. This first monograph on the artist will contain texts by Zdenek Felix, Jens Hoffmann, Andrew Hunt and Dmitry Zabavin. ISBN 978-1-907185-07-6.

For further information and images on the exhibition, please contact Laura Bowen, Exhibition and Marketing Officer laurabowen@southend.gov.uk.

Anna Parkina ‘The ticket is for today’ is generously supported by Arts Council England and Southend-on-Sea Borough Council.

Saturday 18 September 2010, 4pm
Anna Parkina: Book Launch and Performance
A book launch for Biryulevo, published by onestar press, will take place at The Railway Hotel, Clifftown Studios, Southend-on-Sea, Essex SS1 1AJ, between 4pm and 6pm on Saturday 18 September 2010. This event will include a performance by Anna Parkina at 5.00pm. After the book launch, music selected by the artist will be played in the main bar until 10.00pm.