River Dwellers

Kontora Parohodstva

Tyumen, Russia


Nine miniature clay, mosaic, and epoxy resin sculptures portray mythical creatures that live in the Tura River: the river dwellers. Decorated with found objects from the river and its banks (twigs, stones, twisted roots), the sculptures are equipped with a sound installation. There, city residents give voice to the river dwellers’ personal narratives, legends, and myths, which viewers can access using a QR code.

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Gosha Elaev is a transdisciplinary artist who has organized and shown work at exhibitions and festivals in Russia and abroad. He is the co-founder of artist residency and local cultural festival Zakat and founder of the discussion group No Offense. Past residencies include the simultaneous performance workshop SIMVLab, the Second Nemoskva Curatorial School, the sound workshop Geography of Implicit Flows, and Extracurricular Practices at the 6th Moscow International Festival of Experimental Cinema.