Irina Korina

korinaIrina Korina was born in Moscow in 1977. Graduated at the Russian Academy of Theatre Art (GITIS) and also completed the “New Artistic Strategies” contemporary art course at the Moscow Institute of Contemporary Art. She has studied at the Valand Academy of Fine Arts in Gothenburg (Sweden) and the Academy of Arts in Vienna (Austria). She was a prize winner in 2006, 2009 and 2012 at Russia’s Soratnik Awards. In 2008, she won the Innovation State Prize for Contemporary Art


Project creates a dense exhibition environment, consisting mainly of large dynamic objects in which something turns, revolves, flaps, rises up and settles back, imparting a sense of contagious, emotional meaninglessness. The emotion fails to mask a certain inadequacy, a secret that is not meant to be imparted: that of the hopelessly faded fabric of the beach-café parasol, which only yesterday was so pleasing to the eye, or the depressing bureaucratism of a summerhouse built from office furniture, which pretends to be a carousel, agitating its multicoloured drapery with a forced nonchalance, while a glance inside reveals something utterly absurd and repulsive.

Irina Korina : “What is the place we have come to, where are we? We hear a bewitching song. There is a storm in the song that isn’t real, but seems to be real. And a senseless, utopian hope appears that everything could change… But at the same time this is repetitive mechanical action, already known, like a chorus that repeats again and again in a effort to soothe us, where everything new is really old. It is like the evident wretchedness and ennui of seaside-resort trappings, which still retain something indefinable, an attractiveness that can’t be explained, that can never be penetrated – promises of events to come, which we know all about in advance and which can be seen as if they were already past. This hypnotizes me.”