MARGARITA MAXIMOVA

A Profound Soul Contract

In Exiting the Vampire Castle, Margarita Maximova shows a reworking of a video she made in 2018 as part of the installation Modern Tongue Sweats, an installation about the psychological and emotional concepts concerning the use of language in the internet age. In the video we hear the protagonist’s (performed by artist Selin Davasse) faux and almost robotic voice echo the words ‘feel, heal, up level wounds’. The work is engaging with poetry and a sense of language as soft and onomatopoeic; yet the setup of the scene has a plastic, shiny and white quality. The performance emphasises the facile nature of the YouTube persona so extremely as to make us question whether the “reality” underneath the zany smile exists at all.
Nadia Bijl

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Installation view at Lichtekooi, Antwerp, 2022 - Picture by Fabien Silvestre Suzor