vadim zakharov: danaë installation at the russian pavilion
 
vadim zakharov: danaë installation at the russian pavilion vadim zakharov: danaë installation at the russian pavilion
jun 16, 2013

vadim zakharov: danaë installation at the russian pavilion

vadim zakharov: danaë installation at the russian pavilion
photo © daniel zakharov

 

 

 

drawing from the perpetually revisited myth of zeus and danae, an installation by vadim zakharov in the russian pavilion at the venice biennale 2013 uses consumable objects and the sequence of architectural spaces to make manifest underlying ideas about ‘rudeness, lust, narcissism, demagoguery, falsehood, banality, and greed, cynicism, robbery, speculation, wastefulness, gluttony, seduction, envy, and stupidity.’ the impregation of danae occurs when zeus appears to her as a golden shower after she is locked in a tower to prevent the professed death of her father. gender dynamics and the poetic cycle of gestation are reconstructed spatially with a total use of the pavilion– a first in the history of the building. aside from providing two viewing points, the division of lower and upper chambers implicates the viewer directly in the materialization of the myth. through a large aperture in the floor a women-only space is laden with golden coins and fitted with umbrellas to shield the mechanical fall of the symbolic objects.

 

 

 

the myth’s allegorical dimensions are explored in a lower chamber of the pavilion, additionally representing danae’s womb

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lower levels are fitted with umbrellas and apertures to continue a cyclical movement of objects ascribed to corruption and greed
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the pavilion, used in its entirety for the first time, implicates the viewer directly 
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gendered spaces further articulate the allegorical myth 
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detail of the objects of greed and proliferation 
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the ‘male chamber’ 
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coins and other offerings are moved through the sequence of architectural spaces 
photo © daniel zakharov

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