Photography by Vera Undritzova

Legato, 2014

“Tales of Two Cities”
Moscow Museum of Modern Art on Gogolevsky Boulevard, Moscow, September 16 – October 5, 2014
Museum Judenplatz, Vienna, January 21 – April 19, 2015

Fire painting on stained wood, 5 parts, 120 × 9,5 × 1,8 cm each; b/w plot, 100 × 70 cm; 3 graphics: black tea and gouache on paper, 100 × 70 cm each; textile colour and screen printing on fabric, 4 parts, each 250 × 140 cm

In her installation Legato the artist refers to three small pieces of embroidery that were produced in the special-regime labor camp in Inta by a female inmate in the late 1940s or early 1950s. To reflect the thoughts of an unknown person, Ekaterina Shapiro-Obermair uses the strategy of appropriation. She enlarges the motifs and repeats them until she internalizes them. Beyond the imaginary reminiscence, Shapiro-Obermair discovers artistic qualities and a homage to Modernism.

Die Geschichte(n) der Objekte, ein Gespräch mit Astrid Peterle, Katalog der Ausstellung “Tales of 2 Cities”, Jüdisches Museum Wien, Wien, S. 49‒59 Read here 
The story/stories of objects, a conversation with Astrid Peterle, Catalogue of the exhibition “Tales of 2 Cities”, Jewish Museum Vienna, Vienna, p. 49‒59. Read here → 

Photography by Vera Undritzova