BLACK FLAG OF COMPASSION
(Saint Petersburg, Russia)
The Black flag of compassion project is an exploration of the issues surrounding socializing. The artist snatches and ciphers words and phrases from conversations, turning them into dense ornamental graphics, creating almost hieroglyphical drawings, devoid of narrative. The drawings are created using a chlorine-containing solution on black canvas, making them appear like hidden images, glimpsed in the night, of all our fears of genuine connection. The Black flag of compassion represents the sympathy and compassion that has escaped from within, hung outside our windows.
Liza Bobkova explores the problematics of human socialising in the modern world. She works in the mediums of sculpture, installation, drawing and graphics. In 2011 Liza graduated from the St. Petersburg Stieglitz State Academy of Art and Design, Department of Artistic Metalwork. She has participated in projects and residencies in Russia and abroad, including the Moscow International Biennale for Young Art (2012, MMoMA, Moscow), the Cité Internationale des Arts residency (Paris), and the ART HUB residency in Abu Dhabi (UAE).