Mustard seed: Denis Patrakeev

30 October - 12 December 2014

Anna Nova gallery presents Denis Patrakeev’s second personal exhibition. The project is a result of two years of creation and is a total installation, which includes graphics, video, objects and documentation from the artist's research when trying to investigate his role as an artist and a creator. There is also a costume which reproduces the artist’s body – a fabric cocoon, an antibody. In his ‘second skin’ the artist practiced some meditative acts, which he documented on video and are shown in special boxes.


The author opens the diaries containing his meditations, summarizing his many years of explorative experience. The interlacing of mystical practices, sacral formulae, darkening mandalas and mandorlas translate the idea of the essence of everything – the concepts of the spirit and the Creator, the multi-dimensionality of world and personality. The eternal dualism of the inner and material is identical to the dualism of the spiritual and humane; the liberation from one’s own subjectivity is a difficult ascent to the top of the mountain, where one comes to know the meaning of everything.

Egor Mogilevski