Project : “Moldavian Land”
As an artist from Moldova, I worry about everything that happens in my country. Since gaining independence from the Soviet Union in 1991, Moldova, as well as all post-Soviet countries who have abandoned the socialist concept of development, have been faced with the difficulties of transition. Today the Moldovan population is caught in the fuzzy area of `transit` from one order of life to another, while in the dark as to whether the developments will lead to something new, or that the “new” will turn out to be a “not yet forgotten” old Soviet dependence.
My art is symbolic and very often coded signs. I use the same tool as that of ancient people by using signs and symbols, which always have a meaning. Since ancient times, people have used symbols to express their notions about the world.
First there were geometric patterns: a straight horizontal line that indicated the ground wave - water, the cross represented fire, and the diamond was a symbol for fertility of the land. From the combination of these simple elements came more complex signs and symbols. Their characteristics often formed the base of a mantra or mandala. Over time, the original meaning of these figures changed and the signs were only considered to be decorations.
In my project I use the diamond shape as a symbol of fertility. Moldovan land is black and very fertile with a favorable climate that creates a heavenly place. At the same time, Moldova is a country that is in a zone of conflict with a division of interests caught between Russia, America and other Western forces. Moldova is not an independent state in which there is a clear policy focus or position. Moldova has become a commodity that you can buy or sell through credits and subsidies. The question remains, just how much will be offered and by whom.
Photographs that were made in different parts of Moldova and are linked to various historical events are placed on bags which are very common in post-Soviet countries. The combination of the bags and the images create an association with buying and selling, with the concept of Moldova as a “product” to be bought or sold.
In this project, I transform the validity of Moldova, in an effort to return to archaic forms of art, thereby creating a new interpretation of reality. In fact, I am so tired of the hustle and bustle of life with all of the ideological superstructure that wants to deprive the entire world of meaning while turning all forms into an ornamental pattern. Nothing is important as everything turns into a new form, finding new content.