Moscow Museum of Modern Art and Vadim Sidur Museum present a personal project of Kirill Savchenkov Ch(K)ris(tin). Close Air Support which addresses the relationship between mental disorders, augmentation and digital media under the conditions of global turbulence and changing values of well-established concepts. The exhibition is built upon the work with the museum exposition and the collection of Vadim Sidur’s works by applying a two-channel sound installation and a sculptural composition.
Kirill Savchenkov turns his attention to such topical issues of our times as the production and circulation of knowledge, infiltration of the proxy logic into a broad range of relationships and forms of power, where blurring and substitution of notions become satellites of global processes: political, social, technological, and anthropological. The work is based on two seemingly distinct stories: the first compares practices of a Soviet sculptor Vadim Sidur (1924-1986) and a British artist Henry Moore (1898-1986). Both participated in world wars which resulted in wounding and injuries, and reflected this experience in their work.
The second story is an explicit reference to the title of the exhibition and is dedicated to another war veteran Kristin Beck, a transgender woman and a retired U.S. special forces officer. Kristin has faced a conflict both outside and inside of her body - a direct involvement in ambiguous warfare and a fight against posttraumatic syndrome and gender dysphoria.
Stress disorder, liminal human experience, appeal to issues of self-determination band these stories together. While redefinition of the relationships between civil and military, nature and culture, politics and technology raise the need to explore that kind of complex zones in today's world.
In his work with the collection and exposition of the museum, Savchenkov turns to Vadim Sidur's diary of the same name, a myth and a sculpture "Monument to the Current State", a the paradoxical name of which suggests to examine the present from the future and to consider the future in the past. The elements included in the project refer to Sidur's popular pieces and to less known contexts behind the artist's graphics and diary, building an up-to- date dialogue with the sculptor's legacy.