Windows, Andrei Koltchanov´s installation on voyeurism, is based on an extensive collection of found video materials. Capturing the intimacy of daily routines of unsuspecting women living in buildings across the street from their office, this extraordinary visual archive by an anonymous group of men portrays desire. Windows is a commentary on a culture where the boundaries between secret and spectacle, and self and other, have been significantly revised, if not eliminated. A recitation on the ideology of looking, it explores the ambiguity of relations between entertainment, obscurity and transparency, and secrecy and surveillance. It confronts the contemporary state of confusion regarding notions of privacy, while allows the viewer to experience the pleasures and the discomforts of looking at something that is not supposed to be seen. (Video installation: Dec. 12, 13, and 14)

Book About People, is an ongoing project, which Saint Petersburg born Dmitriy Rosin—who lives in New York since 1992—started in 1997. Rosin's film and video work references the neorealist cinema of the former Soviet Union. His American-acquired interest in Russian post-modern filmmaking paints an associative and nostalgic picture of people drifting in the void between industrial and natural landscapes. (Projections; installation of still frames: Dec.15, 16, and 17)

In 270 Park Ave, Darya Zhuk, a filmmaker from Belarus, documents secret activities, performed in her office while employed at a major investment bank. The clip presents her restless struggle to reclaim her individuality—by creating a personal dreamscape in an indistinct contemporary workspace. (Continuous video projection: Dec. 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, and 17)

Andrei Koltchanov, Darya Zhuk & Dmitriy Rozin

WINDOWS Russian Artists in New York

December 12-17, 2006

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