Kaspar Hauser’s Phantom Family
Noncommercial project of Jonjoli Flowers art-group supported by Sergey Limonov Art Foundation.
Jonjoli Flowers art-group (Alexandr Tsikarishvili, Ivan Chemakin, Greht, Anna Andrzhievskaia, Vadim Mikhailov, Liza Tsikarishvili, Viktor Yuliev, KZ Virtual Gallery), St.Petersburg.
Kaspar Hauser - the real person or speculative fiction by alternative history adepts, he is known as rootless “Son of Europe”; wild creature came from nowhere and perished under mysterious circumstances.
Total installation of Jonjoli Flowers art-group from St.Petersburg is created as a shelter/cell/residence of the main character – Kaspar Hauser. A room with very low ceiling, retro-futuristic interior full of objects made for unknown purposes, inhabited by giant portraits of characters as symbols, demiurges of Kaspar Hauser’s world.
Kaspar’s cell where he was imprisoned almost right after his birth without any connection to external world was transformed with his own hands into a group portrait of his imagined family members surrounded by whom he was growing up for years.
Kaspar’s shelter is full of items associating with contemporary life however its’ practical utility is unclear. These artefacts were created by subject with a different point of view on the world of people and things. The shelter’s walls are covered with the phrase mechanically memorized and repeated by Kaspar:
“I want to become cavalry as my father”.
The phrase was the only thing brought to Kaspar’s world from outside by his mysterious patron-Father; the phrase embodies our whole world.
Everything little animal creature should know to become one of the many among people…
The project tells us myth, fantasy narrating about loss of family ties, break-up of unity, miss of support, about the case of an alien on his own land.
Jonjoli Flowers (new project by North-7 group participants together with the close artists) group members rethink the way from former family with broken communicative relations to the family with lost children. Within the given historic moment, condition of half-decay, disunity, position of lonely paranoids wandering in search for their son Kaspar is taken as sign of the times.