Baever Antonina

baever300Antonina Baever (born 1989, Moscow), artist, curator, teacher. Studied at the Moscow State University of Culture and Arts and at the Rodchenko School of Photography and Multimedia. Baever is a permanent member of Gay Carousel group.
Her works are included in museum and public collections: MMoMA (Moscow), MUZEON Park of Arts, Documentary Film Center(Moscow).

Socialism in a dream
Three heroine’s dreams at the center of the plot of the film refer to the novel of Nikolai Chernyshevsky “What Is to Be Done?”and as well as “Vera Pavlovna’s dreams” they are full of enthusiasm for changing the world and alter the reality on seemingly absolutely fair grounds. As though in the Legend of Prince Gautama, the chain of events in these dreams convinces the heroine of the injustice of the existing order of things: it should force to take action accepting the advices of her friends, who are absolutely sure that the ‘”Bright Future” is about to come. But the heroine wakes up, she failed to change anything.
The photo essay is related to the film through the comprehension of the scene. Ironically mimicking the aesthetics of French New Wave cinema, which formally justify any statement of the artist with the left-wing political views, it also raises a question of the protest aesthetics’ relevance, dating back to the Paris student protest of May 1968. Handed prints are making a mockery of formal fetishization of production – the interrogation room where the heroine sits eventually fares only a darkroom.