The Center for Creative Industries "Fabrika" presents the exhibition "Bauman patterns". It was implemented within the framework of the "Factory Workshops" program and continues the study of the "Enter and Allow" group dedicated to the Bauman district in 2022-2023.
The exhibition will feature textile objects, a sculptural installation and a shadow theater — as the results of collective efforts to comprehend what is happening in the district and the world using artistic means.
In its conception, the project turned to what metaphorically can be called the "fabric of the district", or, analytically, the "chain of production and consumption" of clothing. The Bauman district was supposed to be considered as a place where local and global, national Russian and foreign Western, modernist and traditionalist, Soviet and post-Soviet manifest themselves.
The events of 2022 changed everything. From a personal project to a collective one, it was decided to abandon sociological interviews and open workshops, direct appeals to socio-political events were replaced by indirect ones, the name was changed, and finally, the project was on the verge of closure several times.
The exhibition "Bauman Patterns" shows a new, complex, interesting and dangerous (at times) area, which is created from maps, children's games, shadow theater, needlework, joint walks.
The fantastic area is now inhabited by many characters – historical, literary, imaginary. On the same textile plane, different heroines and villains, victims and executioners, beauties and monsters from different historical eras and styles coexist, make friends, love, enmity, fight.
Evgenia Abramova (Zhenya Yauza). Bolshaya Pochtovaya Street
Textile objects of Evgenia Abramova (Zhenya Yauza) conceptually combine such elements as a sewing workshop from the novel "What to do?" and the building of the modern library named after Nekrasov. An undeveloped lawn on Bolshaya Pochtovaya Street and a skirt sewn in the "gypsy style". The figure of the "Jewish tailor" Motele and the entrance of a residential building on Razgulyai. And finally, the "Bauman Costume", stylized as "Art in Everyday Life" by Lamanova and Mukhina.
Evgenia Abramova (Zhenya Yauza). Denisovsky Lane
Marina Sazonenko. Bauman canvases
The textile map of the fragment of the Bauman district by Marina Sazonenko and Yana Kuleshova refers to the period of childhood when the street and courtyard are perceived as a space for games, creativity and imagination. The characters that inhabit the neighborhoods were born as they walked around the area, and are built on personal associations, memories and fantasies.
So a jungle with a tiger appears on the site of a small square, in the area of the cage restaurant, where a fabulous bird has settled, the railway becomes a "roller coaster", and the "Paper Mill" becomes a factory for the production of clouds. Other quarters were filled with phantasmagoric images and characters from children's books. For example, in the area of the German settlement, the plots of the novel by the German writer Irmgard Coin "The girl with whom children were not allowed to hang out" (1936) unfolded, created at the moment when the writer fled Germany, fleeing from the persecution of the National Socialists. The book tells about a Cologne schoolgirl, her games, dreams and pranks in her hometown.
The installation and shadow theater "Smile for blockheads" of the cheerful company "Enter and Allow" is based on the book by A. Volkov "Urfin Jus and his wooden soldiers". On walks in the Bauman district, sawn trees came across, splinters were lying around, and it seemed that wooden soldiers, freshly cut from them, were walking behind the bushes, revived thanks to an amazing powder brought either from poplars, or from an unknown country, as in the famous fairy tale. These soldiers, the blockheads, were toothy and could only beat the cuffs, but it was decided to draw smiles for them, and perhaps invite everyone to share their smiles with them. So that they serve for peace and joy.