Vita Buivid. My Love Is not a Wisp of Smoke


This edition accompanies the personal exhibition of Vita Buivid «My Love Is not a Wisp of Smoke», held at the Moscow Museum of Modern Art (26 April – 12 June 2016)

It is the first time when the oeuvre of Vita Buivid is presented in such a full. The exhibition comprises such celebrated series as How I Spent My Summer, nominated to the Kandinsky Prize 2009, Pionomania, Love Me As I Love You, Inquisition, Nevsky Prospect, Men in the Bath, Prime Time, Pelts of the Bobrovs Family, For Comfort, Artek and others. The works by Vita Buivid can be attributed to the photo-based art. But every time the artist manages to expand the borders of the genre. In her artworks the aesthetics is united with the expressive and unfinished «democratic» photography. But this form is filled with deep content of different levels of perception. Each series by Buivid is a social and cultural narrative, revealing details of the bohemian lifestyle, family conflicts, personal experiences, which turns into a large-scale research, able to move the audience from the emotional experience to existential. Buivid is often referred to the feminists. It is rather untrue, as her interests can hardly be exhausted in such an unambiguous definition. Nevertheless, the collision of the male and female views is typical for the artist’s oeuvre. It alternately takes either the ironic or the dramatic shade. The recent projects become a reflection of the time, warning or responding to different historical and political events in the country. The author’s creative evolution can be seen in more than 30 projects. Viewers can notice the analysis of human manifestations in fullness and ambiguity in each of them.