MASHA SHPRAYZER

At Some Point of Invisibility

(Moscow, Russia)

 

“The title of the work is a quote from someone who was part of a dialogue that I initiated on my social media pages, along with other forms of interaction, when I was trying to search out some form of mutual support for those who, like me, were dealing with significant anxiety. I published the call for dialogue in summer 2020, when I myself had been experiencing symptoms of serious anxiety since March. The lack of certainty and institutional care or support, the taboos around issues like depression and anxiety, the already existing sexism and stigmatization of mental illness—it all became more visible on social media and created a lot of stress, which was even more anxiety-inducing when combined with the stress of the pandemic’s horrors and Russia’s unique lockdown situation. That sense of being able to share your experiences and in so doing move them to your inner “valid” folder was and still is very important. This video consists of fragments of monologues and dialogues about experiences of anxiety and depression, about ‘problematic’ things and discrimination, and also about the importance of solidarity and love.”

                                                                                                                Masha Shprayzer

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Masha Shprayzer is an artist who works with memory and explores issues including gender inequality, antisemitism, and the stigmatization of mental illness. She is a graduate of the V. I. Surikov Moscow State Academic Art Institute (2019) and Joseph Backstein’s Institute of Contemporary Art (2021). Shprayzer has shown work at group shows at the Moscow Manege (Here and Now, 2019), Elektrozavod Gallery (Alter Ego, 2020), and Makaronka Art Center. Her work has been featured at the 2019 Taiwan Annual at Taipei Expo Park, Taipei (represented by Elektrozavod Gallery); Nyomotokban/In Your Trace (Mikve Gallery, Budapest Art Week 2019); VKhUTEMAS 21 (2020); Winzavod.Open (2021); and After the Future (the Gogol House’s new wing, 2021).