Through this series, Kirill Chelushkin questions the processes at work in the recognition of the visible world. His large graphite pencil drawings are realistic in style but what is at play in them traps the perceptual system – the figures depicted oscillate between the familiar and the unknown, forcing the viewer into an inner focus that will remain unsatisfied. The elements that make up the image remain unrecognizable, inoperative from the point of view of identification, indefinable. Everyone experiences the perception of what surrounds them in a unique way. But the interpretation of sensory information nevertheless obeys a certain number of common codes, which allow the whole of a population to identify the beacons of its sensory universe and by extension, of its intelligible universe: what the individual understands the world and its place in it.


Many events that seemed important and even landmark, marking a milestone in history, have in fact turned out to be quite insignificant. Moreover, they have had no effect whatsoever, apart from creating legends. Such as aeronautics. Airships. Even though the airship industry has been thriving, airships have not been used by the military industry or civil aviation. Ans the pathos of the conquest of the moon is still incomprehensible. The many sacrifices of testing the limits of human capabilities. This constituted the meaning of human lives, completely filling the existence of generations with pathos. In the dry residue we often have only an artistic reflection of these events. Legends, rumours, heroic images, but often nothing at all. So it is not a question of recording heroic things, not of documenting events, but of creating myths, stories and legends. This is how a way of life is created. We will never know the details.