We are witnessing tremendous socio-cultural changes in the world today. The earth has begun to move. The geography of the earth is changing. Huge masses of people are changing their dwelling places. Leaving one land for another. How does a person experience and separate ours and theirs – what is the difference? At what point does the foreign become native, and vice versa?
GRAPHIC. FOREIGN LANDS
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.