Polina Kanis

Miziano300pxWas born in in Leningrad. She studied at the Herzen State Pedagogical University before continuing her studies in Moscow at the Rodchenko Art School of Photography and Multimedia. In 2011 she was a Kandinsky Prize winner in the “Young Artist” category and in 2016 she won the Sergey Kuryokhin Award for Contemporary Art in the “Best Media Object” category. Kanis has also won and been short-listed for various prizes in the Innovation awards for contemporary art.

The shift

The action in this video centers on events involving the workers of a closed institution, housed in the building of a former museum. We find the staff performing their primary duties, which require strict adherence to the rules. Their labor remains off camera, giving the impression that perhaps they aren’t actually doing anything at all, rather just stabilizing the system through their mere presence alone.
Everything runs smoothly. A hint that some change in the course of things might be possible is glimpsed only in the last scene.