Material Fatigue: Olia Sosnovskaya (BY)

burn, on fire, alight, inflamed, glow, ablaze, fervent, go up in smoke
Lecture-performance
2016

As part of Material Fatigue, Minsk-based artist-researcher Olia Sosnovskaya presents her lecture-performance burn, on fire, alight, inflamed, glow, ablaze, fervent, go up in smoke. Mapping out official soviet and post-soviet celebrations, festivals and rituals, Sosnovskaya elaborates on how a sublime and affective reception of a spectacle also includes ideology and discipline. The work is also part of Sosnovskaya’s research on the political dimensions of techno and rave cultures. Looking into recent turbulent histories of former socialist countries and particularly into the phenomena of raves in the context of war and crises, she problematizes the subversive and revolutionary moment beside notions such as post-colonialism, exoticism and commercialisation.

Olia Sosnovskaya is an artist-researcher, working with text, performative and visual practices; develops interest in the problematics of the celebration, pleasure and political; body, dance, gender and postcolonial studies. Sosnovskaya is also member of the artistic-research group Problem Collective.

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