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Featuring specially commissioned artworks, a podcast series, and a selection of timely essays, Sreda online magazine offers a nuanced view on culture and contemporaneity. Content is available for a limited period of time and updated every other Wednesday. The Russian word ‘sreda’ means both Wednesday and the natural, geographical, and social environment.

Tatiana Badanina
Sky. Requiem, 2015

400 × 500 сm
Installation, paper, light

In this issue we publish a work by the artist Tatiana Badanina, a participant in the Square and Space. From Malevich to GES-2 exhibition, which will open on June 20 at GES-2 House of Culture.

The Sky. Requiem installation is based on a family story about the artist’s mother, who sewed leaves inscribed with protective prayers into the shirt of her father—the artist’s grandfather—before his departure for besieged Leningrad from the small town of Yelabuga.

Traditionally, people were baptised and buried in clean white shirts. In this context, the shirt acquires an additional meaning—it becomes a symbol of life, an essential part of the body that accompanies a person from birth to death.

In Badanina’s installation, shirts, like the souls of the dead, rise up smoothly, glowing from the inside. Old family photos, lines from prayers, and letters peek through the transparent fabric. The artistic work is at once a personal story of love and separation, expectation and faith, and a kind of tribute to the memory of all the departed.

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