EVGENIYA CHAPAYKINA

(St. Petersburg, Russia)

Dad Can Do Anything

This artist connects the festival theme, "Forms of Unity," to the theme of parenthood. After visiting the Gaza House of Culture and discovering many art studios for children inside, the artist is reflecting on fathers’ and mothers’ roles in raising children. Drawing on the famous Soviet children’s song “Dad can do anything!” (words by Mikhail Tanich, music by Vladimir Shainsky), the artist revisits the lyrics, reading them as an anthem of unequal parental roles. The song starts to sound strikingly different after that.

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Evgeniya Chapaykina is an artist and photographer. She is a cofounder of the association Salt, which works in the genre of contemporary still lifes. Her projects address the patriarchal structure of society, assigned gender roles, and parenthood. Chapaykina is a graduate of the Rodchenko School of Photography and Multimedia (2015) and teaches at the DocDocDoc School.