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Sofiia Sorokina

I like to stand stilll in tranquility knowing that I can do absolutely everything.

Sofiia Sorokina (°1996, Samara, Russian Federation) is an artist who works in various media, and whose works are created with the idea of merging several seemingly incompatible worlds into a new universe, through labor-intensive processes that can be explicitly seen as a personal ritual of exorcism. They are inspired by the tradition of works from the nineteenth century, in which the ideal of Fulfilled Absence was seen as the culmination. Her works are often classified as part of the new romantic movement because of the desire for the local in the unfolding globalized world. By emphasising aesthetics, she seduces the viewer into a world of ongoing equilibrium and the interval that articulates the stream of daily events. The possibility or the dream of the annulment of a (historically or socially) fixed identity is a constant focal point. By referencing romanticism, grand-guignolesque black humour, and symbolism, she uses a visual vocabulary that addresses many different social and political issues.

Shadow work

(diptih)

Shadow work is about becoming aware of what is hidden in us and about gradually overcoming those aspects of yourself that can open your eyes to a completely new side, which you had no idea existed.

Spiritism

This artwork is about the artist's belief that the spirits of the dead exist and have both the ability and the tendency to communicate with the living. The afterlife or the world of ghosts is not seen as a static place, but as one in which ghosts continue to evolve.

Interview

What is the language in common for the young people today?

Electronic music and cheap wine on the exhibition opening.

What does the process of making one of your pieces look like?

Sweat and blood.

Which challenges have you faced while making art as you know it?

Opinion of others, especially artists. It took me a while & some intelligence to stop worrying about it as it does not matter at all. What matters is how much fun you are having.

Do you consider yourself an artist, and what does that word mean to you?

I am a creator of forms and senses as I feel the word “artist” is misused a lot today and does not mean what it used to, it became kinda misleading.

What is your escape from reality? Do you even have a need to escape from something?

My practice is a way to alchemically transform my feelings into some other material, to turn my tears into moneys. When I am performing or painting, the world drops dead and so do all my problems.

What does the word innovative mean to you?

I think that when I focus on innovation more, we forget about the necessary.

Do you have a plan for the future? Where can your artistic practice take you?

The further from the place of my birth the better.

What made the biggest influence on you to become what you are today and do what you do now?

My ex.

How would you describe Serbian (Balkan or European-depends on where you live and work) contemporary cultural scene?

Abuse of contemporary trends.

In which way does your creative process shape you or changes you as a person, if it does at all?

I try to put myself in uncomfortable conditions, where I am motivated to fight, move and grow alongside my art. Frankly, art scene is not a bed of roses and art itself is for anybody but not for everybody.