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Roman Ermolaev: A short story

Solo exhibition

WHEN: Friday 11 May 18:00 - Tuesday 31 July 18:00

A Short Story is the new artistic project by WOW Artist in Residence Roman Ermolaev. For this exhibition, Roman took as a starting point the narrative representation of emotions, which he aims to create through the juxtaposition of the archetypal figure of a musician and a vehicle. These two figures with seemingly non-communicating paths come together unexpectedly in the exhibition. This encounter is interpreted by Ermolaev as a catastrophic clash, which brings the two figures to a sort of communication.

However, narrative is not easily translatable into a ‘stable’ art-installation. This project represents then for Ermolaev a research into storytelling through exhibitions. By transforming the gallery space into an evidence room, the visitor can experience the story through the different elements that are presented. In this way, the idea of the static exhibition is reshaped by an archaeological approach to narration.

During the opening, WOW Artist in Residence and musician Emmanuel Frankenberg, who in the exhibition represents the archetypical figure of the musician, will perform.

About Roman Ermolaev (vimeo website)

Roman Ermolaev (1991, Saint-Petersburg) lives and works in Amsterdam. He graduated from the VAV Department of the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in 2017. In the same year, he won the Researchlabs awards for the best audiovisual work at the EYE Filmmuseum. In January 2018 he obtained the Young Artsupport Amsterdam Award, and recently his graduation project ‘Holy Land’ became part of the EYE Filmmuseum collection.

In his artistic practice, Ermolaev uses different media such as film, animation, photography and drawing to create moving images which are informed by historical reference, cinematographic language and the performative elements of theatre.



Exhibition View, WOW@KunstRAI 2018
Ego, Installation view at WOW@KunstRAI 2018