SLINKO | Ukraine / USA

Visual artist. She studied Painting at the Kharkov Institute of Industrial Art, Ukraine, and Graphic Design at the Fashion Institute of Technology, New York, USA, and holds a master’s degree in Sculpture from the Virginia Commonwealth University, USA. Slinko works with various media, including drawing, sculpture, photography, video, performance and objects that frequently include installations. She is interested in the transformation of sociopolitical actions into cultural forms, and in expressions of daily resistance within postcolonial hegemonic narratives. At different levels, the artist explores the notion of contradiction, both in her approach of ideological issues and her arrangement of the materials she uses, employing strong ironic overtones and elements from her childhood in Soviet Union. She has exhibited at galleries and venues across the USA, including the Socrates Sculpture Park, New York (2011); Vox Populi, Philadelphia (2011); Soap Factory, Minneapolis (2011); and others. Slinko won the Jacob K. Javits Fellowship and undertook residencies in the USA and Morocco. She lives and works in New York.

Ghost Looking For Its Spirit | 2012, video

The monologue on which this piece is based is a letter to Marx, combining references to the artist’s childhood under the Soviet regime, and her current life in the United States. The existential issues that the author enunciates produce a confrontation of communism and the neoliberal model. The video portrays the schizophrenic contemporary context in which the leftist political ideals find themselves stranded amid references to a utopian past that seems to have proved a failure.

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