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Daria Gorshkova

Untitled, 2021

In the 1970s and 1980s, the Gaza House of Culture and Nevsky House of Culture were important art scene venues and the site of legendary exhibitions of Leningrad nonconformist art. Today, Nevsky House of Culture is abandoned, awaiting a potential restoration, while the Gaza House is home to everything from the Baltic Institute of Humanities, a music school, and other educational spaces to a concert hall, dance studios, and stores.

Artist and journalist Daria Gorshkova attempts to evoke the past by creating an installation with a sheet of iron covering a window at the House of Culture. The shape blocking the view is a curtain that transcends time, stopping us from getting close to and comprehending the past, uniting onlookers in that impossibility every second.

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Daria Gorshkova (b. 1994, Kostroma) is a Moscow and St. Petersburg–based artist and journalist. She is studying at the Chto Delat School of Engaged Art (2021–22) and previously graduated from the Institute of Contemporary Art Moscow. Daria is also a member of artist collective Xvatit and international architecture team Mythème. Her practice deals with boundaries, emotional capital, and estrangement.