The exhibition features six artists. They are people of different fates.
Yulia Kosulnikova is an amazing chronicler of her own life. Yuri Lotman wrote about the separation between the text and its author, and that each type of culture develops its own models of "people without a biography" and people who have "earned the right to a biography" by defending freedom of choice, overcoming behavioral stereotypes, etc. But in the case of Kosulnikova, the text and the author are not separated. By the text, we mean a wide range of her drawings in felt-tip pen, gouache, and works in mixed media. Hospital corridors, operating rooms, emergency rooms, other penitentiary spaces: this is what she shows in her works, and this is her life. Even sketching something "from the TV", Kosulnikova turns to subjects close to her own experience. Apparently, the artist's present reality coincides with this spectrum. This is quite the "right to a biography"!
Moreover, these are very personal works. In connection with the narrative of this lifelong series, it would be appropriate to bring up Michel Foucault's theme of control and institutions that supervise and discipline living reality. But the fact is that Kosulnikova does not comprehend reality from the perspective of "disciplinary actions." She does not perceive things from the outside at all; once again, she lives in this environment. And she is deeply interested in this life. Everything is important to her: how people stand on crutches, how the lamps in operating rooms are arranged, how a person moves in a wheelchair.
Kosulnikova has a very peculiar drawing style. She draws spaces with almost engineering precision, sometimes in complicated angles. At the same time, figures are captured very faithfully: not in anatomical terms, but in gestures and positions. And, lastly, color. For her, these localized blemishes, which often do not coincide with shape, are a sign of vitality. Certain connections arise between spaces, their inhabitants, and various objects and colors, and Kosulnikova is able to convey her deep interest in them to us as well. She certainly deserves her right to have a creative biography.