The Steppe Hides Itself From View, an exhibition put together by curator and archaeologist Varvara Busova, continues the Foundation's examination and interpretation of Taman's cultural layers. It zeroes in on the nomadic tribes that lived on the peninsula, modern-day images of nomadism, and the ideas of home, path and freedom.
Varvara Busova, curator,
'The plains of the Taman Peninsula are a suitable landscape for nomads. The open spaces, windswept and restless, follow the golden rule of the steppe and hide their contents (artefacts, burial mounds, settlements, temples, and roads – any material evidence) beneath their surface. The wind that has been moving between the plains and lowlands for millennia is a wingman of the hidden steppes and a metaphor for freedom. Peoples roaming the steppes – nomads – are synonymous with non-attachment, independence, and contempt for settled integration into the system. The two ways of life were at odds with each other: the nomadic culture and way of life always frightened and fascinated the inhabitants of "civilised" cities in equal measure.
By contrasting the sedentary and nomadic worlds, as reflected in objects and media, we are attempting to predict the future of the nomad community through a range of internal issues. The exhibition is divided into four chapters, each representing a question the imaginary protagonist asks themselves. Every question has two answers – one from each of the two worlds.'
Participating artists: Marina Alekseeva, Evgeny Antufiev, Maria Arendt, Vladimir Arkhipov, Businki Art Collective, Nestor Engelke, Lyokha G., Andrey Khlobystin, Mikhail Maksimov, Andrey Popovskiy, Irina Zatulovskaya.