Next! / Daria Bujun

Daria Bujun


23 Mar - 07 Apr 2007

Daria Buyun  is a 4th year student of the Humane University of Trade Unions. In 2006 she took part in the exhibitions at the galleries ‘’GAZ 21’’ (exhibition of collages ‘’Plasticine’’) and ‘’Cinema – phot 703’’ (an international project ‘’MiniArt’’) with series of collages, at the club ‘’F 108’’ (a performance ‘’Return Link’’).

Daria Buyun became one of the contest winners of new artistic projects. The contest was held by the gallery ‘’Anna Nova’’ in 2006.

‘’The project of the exhibition comes not only from Daria Buyun herself but from the whole young generation that grew up in postcommunist Russia and started an adult life at the beginning of the XX century. This project – manifesto is dedicated to labour. Daria Buyun tries to understand its social and private idea.

Being a socialist and a linguist she compares ‘’labour speech’’ that sounded in the years of Brezhnev sunset of the USSR, exactly ‘’a law of workers’ honour’’ and the rules of ‘’office behaviour’’, the last one means an official language of the Second  Russian capitalism. The name of the exhibition ‘’Next!’’ is addressed to those who must think over the new rules before accept them or create their own ones. The artist is fascinated and sincerely surprised by the word pathos of working  Leningrad. She is ready to comprehend it with irony for it’s rather difficult to believe such things as ‘’when the worker appears there’s no place to hooliganism, drinking and parasitism’’.

The speech standards of postsoviet  St. Petersburg frighten the people with its vulgar irony and cynicism: ‘’if you want to live and work peacefully don’t go ahead of your boss in development’’ or ‘’get lost in all four sides’’. Working with   the language, firstly, Daria changes the words into images. Some letters can be seen on the uniforms of workers, dull blue colours say about the false of a developed socialism, the others can be seen on the clean white office shirts. Actually they deny purity and try to adjust themselves to neutral whiteness.

Ekaterina Andreeva