Collection: I am looking and I see myself looking out
Human activity is inseparable from architecture. In the physical world, architecture has a solid inner structure and diverse façades. Our daily interactions with architecture often evoke past understandings and sensations. However, beyond functionality, architectonic language in its inner and outer form delivers multiple meanings.
People can easily find architectural elements in Shinoh Nam & Viktor Petrov’s practices. In this exhibition, they created a unique spatial environment, in which one simultaneously walks inside and outside a building. Their work’s smooth, highly reflective surfaces offer a dialogue between self-perception and interaction with objects. Spectators are mobile elements here, flexible (as opposed to metal or architectural variant surfaces), embedded in a pre-existing fixed space (art space). They become aware of themselves as an object at this moment, so as to achieve their psychological and social self-reflection.
Shinoh Nam and Viktor Petrov met at university and have been sharing a common workspace ever since. Their working processes often interconnect with each other, especially in the themes they have been working on and researching for a long time - spatial studies and architecture. It is intriguing to see how the two artists differ in their concepts and use of materials, and how the meaning of the work transcends their research through their interactions. Their sculptural bodies, consisting of transparent surfaces or structural fragments such as steel beams or façade connectors, exposed the impact of architecture on society and our identity. While Nam's work deals with psychological and philosophical notions of perception, Petrov's main interests are focused on sociological and political dimensions.