Olga Volodina’s latest exhibition, Metamorphosis. Black Butterfly, toes the razor’s edge between beauty and brutality through a series of haunting photographs exploring the dissonant relationship of mass media and the fragile human psyche. Moreover, the exhibition, apropos in title, seems a metaphor for the artist’s own transformation. After cutting her teeth in Moscow’s fashion photography scene, Volodina emerged on the international stage, her artwork applauded for its critique of the modern world’s unequal socio-political paradigms.
Metamorphosis. Black Butterfly presents a shattered symphony of female figures, all sharp and monochrome, the colour of snowy TV static and false blood in grayscale. The female has long been the source of inspiration and object of Volodina’s art, and the muse appears again in this exhibition, awash in treacly liquids, cracks appearing in their faces’ foundations, penetrating the viewer’s gaze with dripping full-moon eyes. Yet the beauty of form transcends the fear and fury imposed by media and outside forces. Symmetry features large in the composition of the photographs, a skill no doubt honed in Volodina’s fashion-art past.
On opening night, March 10, Volodina will lead a special two-hour live art exhibition. At 6.30pm, the evening’s events get underway with a dance performance by studio uniQ, followed by “Black Butterfly,” an art performance by Cristina Maria Pintea. At 8pm, mixed media maven Alex Imix presents a light installation called “Pyramid.” The night concludes at 8.30pm with “Metamorphoses,” a stop-motion movie by Volodina and Pintea.
Metamorphosis. Black Butterfly runs from March 10 – 24 at YenakArt Villa.