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The Shift

Polina Kanis

01.07.2016 - 15.09.2016



Trehgornaya Manufaktura

Rochdelskaya 15, bldg 50

On June 30, as part of the Parallel Program of the 5th MoscowInternational Biennale for Young Art, Polina Kanis will present her latestwork, The Shift. The action in thisvideo centers on events involving the workers of a shuttered institution,housed in the building of a former museum. We find the staff performing theirprimary duties, which require strict adherence to the rules. Their laborremains off camera, giving the impression that perhaps they aren’t actuallydoing anything at all, rather just keeping the system running through their merepresence alone. Everything runs smoothly, up until the operations of thiswell-oiled machine are interrupted by the actions of one of the heroes, who,instead of fulfilling his responsibilities, follows his desires.

PolinaKanis was born in 1985 in Leningrad, where she studied at the Herzen State PedagogicalUniversity before continuing her studies at the Rodchenko Art School ofPhotography and Multimedia in Moscow. In 2011, she was honored with a KandinskyPrize for the category of “Young Artist.” That same year, she was nominated forthe Innovation Prize for the “New Generation” category. Kanis has been featuredin solo exhibitions as part of Manifesta 10 in St Petersburg, 2014; New HollandIsland, St Petersburg, 2013; and the Mystetski Arsenal in Kiev in 2012. Herworks are included in the collections of the National Center for ContemporaryArt, Moscow; the Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw; The Art VectorsInvestment Partnership Foundation, Vienna; the Foundation of Vladimir Smirnovand Konstantin Sorokin, Moscow; and Foundation Videoinsight, Bologna. Kanis video Celebrationbrought her Innovation Prize in two categories in 2014. In 2015, Kaniswas a finalist for the Innovation Prize for her work Pool.