Wednesday, August 7, 2013
VADIM ZAKHAROV'S DANAE, RUSSIA, mixed media
He gives the mythological theme of Danaë a new interpretation. This Greek legend can be read in different ways. This Russian artist chose to do it like this: only women can enter on the ground floor, where you are given a transparent umbrella to cover yourself from a" rain of gold coins"! This is a reference to the seduction of Danaë as a symbol of human lust and greed, and the corrupting influence of money. You are instructed to pick up a bunch of "gold coins", keep one for yourself, and deposit the rest in a bucket for that purpose in another room. Zakharov demonstrates to a society that no longer believes in myths, the importance of mythological personifications. He said: "Time has come to confess our rudeness, lust, narcissism, demagoguery, falsehood, banality, greed, cynicism, robbery, speculation, wastefulness, gluttony, seduction, envy, and stupidity." I pasted my "gold" coin on my notebook, and wrote what it says on the back, in the bigger representation below the actual coin.