Marina Alekseeva & Vladimir Rannev

In Chocolate

Multimedia installation, 2019

Various characters from Soviet media reality who were long associated with the past have recently become the new face of modern Russia, in the wave of nostalgia for the Soviet era. We decided to bring these resurrected dinosaurs to Venice, to its vital and aesthetic environment, and by optical illusion put them in a chocolate foundation, in its “sweet life”. But even here they continue to sing the Soviet national anthem.

With the technical support of Sergey Karlov

Supported by CYLAND Media Art Lab

Marina Alekseeva (Russia)

Artist. Born in 1959 in Leningrad, USSR. Graduated from the Vera Mukhina Higher School of Art and Design (Leningrad, USSR) as a ceramist. Works in various media: installation, object, painting. Participant of the Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art (2011), Panama Biennale of Contemporary Art (2013). Winner of the Sergey Kuryokhin Contemporary Art Award (Russia, 2010) in the nomination “Art in Public Space” (together with Boris Kazakov). Her works are in the collections of Russian Museum (St. Petersburg, Russia), Moscow Museum of Contemporary Art (Russia), Multimedia Art Museum (Moscow, Russia), Fundació Sorigué (Lleida, Spain), Art Vectors Investment Partnership (Vienna, Austria) and others. Lives and works in St. Petersburg, Russia.

Vladimir Rannev (Russia)

Composer, music theorist. Born in 1970 in Moscow, USSR. Graduated from the Composition Department of St. Petersburg State Conservatory in 2003, earned his postgraduate degree in music theory in 2005. In 2003–2005, Rannev undertook an internship in the field of electronic music at the   Hochschule für Musik, Cologne, Germany. Lecturer at the St. Petersburg State University, Russia. The Gartow-Stiftung program recipient (Germany, 2002), winner of the Salvatore Martirano Award (Illinois University, US, 2009) and the Gianni Bergamo Classic Music Award (Switzerland, 2010). His opera Two Acts took the Grand-Prix of the Sergey Kuryokhin Contemporary Art Award, 2013; the Drillalians opera series was nominated to the Golden Mask National Theatre Award (Russia, 2016). Rannev’s music has been performed in Russia, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Netherlands, Great Britain, Finland, Poland, Japan and USA. Lives and works in St. Petersburg, Russia.