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28 July 12:00

Pavilion, New Holland Island


Year: 2011

Director: Polina Kanis

Country: Russia

Duration: 12 minutes

A video performance, in which the author examines fitness and aerobics exercises in today’s parks around Moscow as a strange hybrid of totalitarian sport aesthetics, pop cultural new age readings, and the Soviet ideal of harmonious physical development. People who are no longer young warm up under the guidance of a strong, young fitness instructor against the background of the recently restored rotunda in Moscow’s Neskuchny Gardens. The instructor encourages them: «Breathe! You can do it!». They do their best to carry out all the exercises correctly, ready for the main event — a march, to the chant of «left, right, left, right!».

фото Polina Kanis

Polina Kanis

Artist, filmmaker

Born in 1985 in Leningrad and graduated from the Rodchenko Art School, Moscow, in 2011. That same year she was awarded the Kandinsky Prize in the Best Young Artist category for her video “Eggs” (2010). In 2016 Kanis received the Sergey Kuryokhin Award in the Media Object category for her film “The Pool” (2015). Her work has been featured in numerous solo and group exhibitions, including a solo show in Haus der Kunst Munich (2017), the parallel program of Manifesta 10 and the 2015 edition of the Ural Industrial Biennial of Contemporary Art. From 2017-2018, Kanis was a resident artist in the Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten program in Amsterdam.