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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.

Yana Vasilyeva

Fanagoriiskii Climatrons, 2021

Steel, forging, welding, papier mâché, acrylic
101 × 60 × 55 cm

Photo documentation of the installation of a sculpture in the Goryachiy Klyuch area, Podnavisla tract, Chepsi River, Krasnodar Territory, Russia.

Fanagoriiskii Climatron is part of Yana Vasilyeva’s ongoing sculptural project, Climatrons. Yana Vasilyeva is an artist and researcher who works with photography, installation, and sculpture. Her artistic practice draws on symbolism, often depicting the interaction of man and nature, and explores utopias, fragility, physicality, and the impact of information flows. She is a laureate and finalist of many international photography awards. She lives and works in Krasnodar.

At present, eight sculptures have been set up in different parts of Russia—from Kuban, Taman, and the Urals to Tatarstan, Siberia, and Altai. To install each of them, the artist walked between 7 and 36 km on foot. She notes that “this difficult journey became a kind of salvation and path to inner balance.”

Through Climatrons, Yana Vasilyeva addresses her fears, personal boundaries, and deep traumas, combining them with the natural landscape to form a visual narrative about the relationship between a person and the world around them. The photographic documentation of one of the Climatrons installations presented here reveals the vulnerability and tenderness that arises from the interaction of rigid sculptures and a calm landscape devoid of anxiety.

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