monument Malik, mixed media, 2017
Search engine Malik
Modern man doesn't not fixed in a space, he open to many possibilities, he is a product of multiculturalism, fit for consumption and not for creation. For information, not for meanings. People homeless because available in any place of its location. He drifts in space without reference points, which brings his with the ancient nomad. To move it pushes not only hunger, but other needs (e.g., information) or the causes of social persuasion. Scenarios of this movement are diverse: travel, wandering, migration, exodus, pilgrimage. And his personification is not only a way to create image of a modern, changing reality, but also a search tool for the associated aesthetics.
"Search engine Malik" is a complex multi-level character, created from paper mache. It acts simultaneously as a symbol of the old paper media – a romantic sign of refusal to dissolve in the world of modern digital communications, and as an image of the artist proclaiming himself through disengaging from conventional social and cultural algorithms, thus condemning himself to the status of a marginal.
"Certain historical sources testify that papier mache was employed in ancient times in China, where, paradoxically, it was used to produce fairly strong armor. In Kuzmina's case, the set of things she has exhibited is not armor, of course, but it is means of self-defense.
The artifacts she has produced are, on the one hand, aset of vestments;
on the other, a kind of tool for enabling Kuzmina to transfigure a viscous, unintresting time and try and make sense of a social and urban landscape she finds alien. To some extent, Kuzmina's videos resemble anthropological observations. They are typified by an extraneous gaze, which neatly records the presence of an 'other' in the enviroment,
thus once again drawing attention to the detachment and rootlessness of artists, who in this era have to circulate vigorously around the globe."