Marina Naprushkina
Antrepo No.3

Born in 1981, Minsk. Lives in Frankfurt.

Working in painting, video and installation, Marina Naprushkina makes a critical examination of power and the structure of the state, often using material acquired from contemporary Belarus. The artist's painstaking dissection of the visual and linguistic structure of the authoritarian regime and research-based works demonstrate how a state authority affects society, and transforms democracy into an illusion for those living under the persistent hegemony of the ruling network.
The President's Platform (2007) might be mistaken for a minimalist sculpture, but is actually a copy of the platform owned by the present government of Belarus, whose leader is Alexander Lukashenko. For important events the platform is set up, as a propagandistic instrument to glorify his statesmanship and divert attention from politics. The absurdity of this solitary red pedestal reflects on the excessive use of the term 'platform' as an imaginary basis for dialogue and freedom of speech, whilst at the same time this freedom of speech is stifled in most 'democratic' societies. The stage also makes reference to the exhibition as a space where subjects that are otherwise suppressed can be discussed and reflected upon in a way that is beyond real politics.