Ivan Plusch at the exhibition "Excursus on the stranger"

Ivan Plusch at the exhibition "Excursus on the stranger"

On August 3 at 5 p.m. the exhibition "Excursus on the stranger" will be opened. The participants of the exhibition are Evgeniya Golant and Anna Nova gallery artist Ivan Plusch.

The exhibition is started from the essay of the same name of the famous German sociologist of culture Georg Simmel in which he defines the figure of a stranger as a sociological category and makes it clear what in his situation creates particular stress in daily life. The uniqueness of the situation of a stranger is defined by the sociologist as a simultaneous combination of moments of relative (social) proximity and (geographical) distance. If a stranger or, as we would say today, a tourist, is the one "who comes today and leaves tomorrow," than the stranger is the one "who comes today and stays tomorrow". In contrast to the marginal, the stranger is easily compatible with the structures and practices of society, is actively involved in its socio-economic relations, but in the context of class distinctions the social distinction of the stranger is always conditioned by its unearthly origin.

Since the first publication of an essay in 1908, modern technologies - TV and Internet - leveled the importance of physical distances (important for determining the position of a stranger), thereby strengthening the anxious mood of everyday life in the modern media. Works by Ivan Plusch can be interpreted in this way. In a number of his images, an abstract figure / weight representing a social or personal phobia begins to dominate in the wealthy schematic domestic interiors. In others we find a reference to one of the possible sources of discomfort and anxiety: a non-stop flow of news in which live and emotional "closeness" of natural or social disaster is more effective than its real geographical remoteness.

The exhibition "Excursus on the stranger" will be held from 3rd to 15th of August in the library №1 of the Vyborgskiy district at Avenue Maurice Thorez, Building 32.