Ştefan RUSU

design / installations

Victory On the Borders

Location: Contemporary Art Exhibition, TVZ - Exhibition Hall, Tashkent, Uzbekistan
Period: October-November, 2016

Installation consist of two large objects (2.500 X 1500 Х 1200), a series of images (8 pieces 450ммХ700мм​, 2 pieces 350ммХ400мм) mockup (650mmX400mm) and a map (1800ммХ1200мм)
Two large V–shaped binoculars will be located on the opposite sides of the exhibition space and will be accompanied by photo documentation. The visitors of the exhibition will be able to observe the other from those opposite locations.

Context:
The project was conceived as part of virtual collection of Red Army Museum which was developed during the 80s in RSSM (part of USSR to glorify its liberated mission during WWII. The museum building was entirely reconstructed and intended to host the Museum of Red Army, which was never completed. Today the building located in Chisinau hosts the National History Museum of Moldova. The concept of Red Army Museum main elements is still to be found in the new museum setting such as the diorama of the Iasi-Chisinau Operation which took place near the village of Leuseni, on the Prut river, in the summer of 1944 as part of the Second World War. The diorama was opened in 1990 after eight years of work by Nikolay Prisekin and Alexey Semyonov, the well known painters of the M.V.Grekov’s Milirtary Artsists’Studio. The foreground, which constitutes the whole with the canvas, consists of authentic objects; an anti-tank gun, boxes with cartridges and shells, equipment and ammunition. The total space of the foreground and canvas of the diorama constitutes about 800 sq. m. Link: https://www.nationalmuseum.md/en/exhibitions

V-project is a statement. The project re-actualizes the WWII aesthetics specific to the agitprop museum setting and deals with the current conflict between Moldovan government and the administration of Transnitria. V-project is a way to deal with “frozen conflicts”[ Transnistria, Nagorno-Karabakh, Abkhazia, and South Ossetia are post-Soviet "frozen conflict" zones.
]. The project idea is to install large military V-shaped Field Binoculars at several points along the border of a politically divided territories (on each side), such as between the Moldova Republic and Transnistria[ Unrecognized by any United Nations member state, Transnistria (Pridnestrovie) is designated by the Republic of Moldova as the Transnistria autonomous territorial unit with special legal status (Unitatea teritorială autonomă cu statut juridic special Transnistria), or Stînga Nistrului ("Left Bank of the Dniester").
], that is a territory of political instability on the Eastern border of Moldova (the secessionist region of Transnistria is currently controlled by local authorities supported logistically by Russian Army and FSB intelligent service). The administration of Transnistria[ After the dissolution of the USSR, tensions between the newly created Republic of Moldova and Transnistria (which unlike the rest of Moldova did not wish to separate from the Soviet Union) escalated into a military conflict that started in March 1992 and was concluded by a ceasefire in July 1992.] is seeking independence from Moldova. The V-shaped Field Binoculars installed along the borders will serve as observing/spying devices to collect the data about the counter part territory without hiding this intention. In the same time the V-shaped objects are nothing else then symbols of the counterparts’ victorious ideology promoted by each side.
The same idea could be applied to other areas and territories that are currently are the point of a political confrontations, such as between Georgia and South Ossetia, Israel and Palestinian autonomy, Armenia and Azerbaijan or between the Central Asian countries of Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan, etc.

Installation was part of International Exhibition for Contemporary Art (conceived as Tashkent Biennale), TVZ, Exhibition Hall, Tashkent, Uzbekistan, 2016


1. Transnistria, Nagorno-Karabakh, Abkhazia, and South Ossetia are post-Soviet "frozen conflict" zones.

2. Unrecognized by any United Nations member state, Transnistria (Pridnestrovie) is designated by the Republic of Moldova as the Transnistria autonomous territorial unit with special legal status (Unitatea teritorială autonomă cu statut juridic special Transnistria), or Stînga Nistrului ("Left Bank of the Dniester").

3. After the dissolution of the USSR, tensions between the newly created Republic of Moldova and Transnistria (which unlike the rest of Moldova did not wish to separate from the Soviet Union) escalated into a military conflict that started in March 1992 and was concluded by a ceasefire in July 1992.