GIVEN CIRCUMSTANCES
— ANNA BOCHKOVA

STUDIO VISIT
· March 25, 2021

Anna Bochkova. Courtesy of the artist



According to Konstantin Stanislavski, “given circumstances” are those circumstances, situations, living conditions where actors of a theatre or film production, should place themselves in their imagination. Lately, I was lacking a proper studio, but to be honest I never considered it to be a problem. To develop a project, I need a piece of paper and a black ink roller, and the process can start. I put myself in Stanislavski’s “given circumstances” and confront, expand or rebuild them, firstly conceptually then physically. For now, I have a table in Vienna and a table in Hamburg, and upcoming projects in different places. The area I originally come from is steppe, which used to be a common habitat for nomad folks — somehow, I feel this spirit resonates in me. 



(...) I enjoy encountering the spaces, constructing a dramaturgy of my objects within them and then leave them — putting these experiences in my mental archive. For this studio visit I decided to pick a project which has embodied my wishes of working process, a site-specific installation for Spazio Serra ‘Le città felici hanno l’architettura’, showcased just before the world entered the lockdown. I also included the pictures from a ceramic workshop where I went daily when I was in Hamburg, spending there hours and hours, watching documentary movies about modernist architects or listening to podcasts about Russian avant-garde while kneading different clays. As long as my show ‘Cosmic Poetics’ in Einstellungsraum is on, I drop by quite often to see how my works function there and what is the quality of the negative space or air within it. I also watch people passing by and looking.


During the installation of Le città felici hanno l’architettura, Spazio Serra. Photo by Christiano Rizzo
Anna Bochkova, Le città felici hanno l’architettura, Spazio Serra. Photo by Christiano Rizzo. Courtesy of the artist
Anna Bochkova, Structure, 2021, glazed ceramics. Courtesy of the artist
Anna Bochkova, drawing for Cosmic Poetics, 2021. Courtesy of the artist
Anna Bochkova, drawing for Cosmic Poetics, 2021, Einstellungsraum, Hamburg. Courtesy of the artist
Anna Bochkova. Courtesy of the artist


· Cosmic Poetics by ANNA BOCHKOVA at Einstellungsraum, Hamburg, runs through March 28, 2021.

ANNA BOCHKOVA, born in 1995 Rostov on Don, Russia, lives and works in Vienna, Austria and Hamburg, Germany. Her latest show include: ‘Cosmic Poetics’, Einstellungsraum, ‘SU3’, Kunstverein Harburger Bahnhof, ‘Cruel Summer Camp’, Exile Gallery, ‘Treasure Island’, Galeria Podlaha, ‘Le città felici hanno l’architettura’, Spazio Serra.
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