Coal | 2024

Ruarts Foundation, Moscow, Russia

When choosing an idea for collective exhibitions, 10.203 begins with one phenomenon, concept, or material selected by participants of the group and revealed by each artist in their own way. The starting point for this project was coal, which the authors used primarily as an artistic tool while focusing on the various associations that coal evokes as a material. Coal can simultaneously be both a product of combustion, symbolizing destruction, and a resource for creating something new. This duality gives rise to the main question of the project: can an object that is the result of destructive processes have a creative function?

Included in the display are a central still-life installation, video art, and graphic works created with charcoal. The sense of dialogue in this exhibition allowed viewers to reconsider their own attitude to destruction, loss and trauma, and to find there the potential for healing, a source of inspiration and the stimulus to start anew.