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Maria Safronova

Born in 1979 in Rzhev (Russia)
Lives in Moscow

Routine. 2011–2012. Drafts. Courtesy of the artist

An isolated community becomes even more difficult to understand when there is no possibility of escape. This project is about daily life in a mental institution. The institution is a microcosmic metaphor for the art world at large, which faces similar problems both internal and external to its designed reality. Contemporary artists increasingly grapple with isolation, loss of identity, and the invisible boundary between the normal and abnormal. The structure of the project is based on a hospital routine. Each picture fixes a moment in continual repetition: every new day is the same; the only difference is in the possibility of replacing one object with another, without disrupting the established order.

Maria Safronova


This project is an exploration of human identity. Where and why does one perceive himself as an “ally”, and what borders separate “us” from “others”?

July 2, 2014

On June 24 and 25, 4th Moscow International Biennale for Young Art began. 3069 applications by artists under 35 from 84 countries of the world were submitted for the competition, which lasted from November 2013 through March 2014. David Elliott, Artistic Director of the Biennale, proposed the motto A Time for Dreams as the general theme, and curated the main Biennale project, which presented works by 83 artists from 32 countries of the world.

June 17, 2014

The educational program of the Biennale, curated by Antonio Geusa and coordinated by Ekaterina Razdumina, is entitled Wise Advice, and aims at helping young artists to find answers to various questions that concern their creative growth and career development.