Anna Manankina

Room Of One's Own, 2019

VR experience for Oculus Rift or Oculus Go

The bed as a motive in art appears quite often - from the tense installation of the Red Room by Louise Bourgeois to the melancholy havens in the works of Tracey Emin. The bedroom space is a shelter, a virtual monument to girlhood, space for the germination of pleasures, a battlefield and a comfort zone at the same time. One thing that deeply connected to this project is a small phrase from an essay by Virginia Woolf “A woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction.” Many young artists of my generation still feel this need with the same acuteness.           VR technology makes it possible to completely immerse yourself in an exeptionally personal zone, a place where you feel comfortable and safe. Modern society differs from its predecessors in that it no longer refers to itself as a forester, but as a gardener. This society gardens and looks after things, that used to grow chaotically back in the days. And as a person living in this society, I want to create my own small garden for a drowsy manifestation of equality, for the accumulation of new ideas and pillow battles. Duration is unlimited (as long as you wish to stay inside the project Vr-room).




Interdisciplinary media artist from Kharkiv,Ukraine. Working in the field of digital technologies with VR, video, sound, 3D-animation, printing with an emphasis on posthumanism and feminist practice. In her artistic statements,she covers a wide range of issues: from geopolitical situations and power structures to purely intimate spheres of life. It addresses the topic of violence and gender identity, the position of women in the artistic and social context. Finalist of the cultural exchange program Exter, supported by the Ukrainian Institute. Worked on a collaborative project with the ROTOR Gallery in Graz, Austria . She participated in the residence of REMAIN Trans-Media Academy Hellerau in Dresden and the Polish residence of Fundacja ZPK in Lublin, NAWZAEM in Poznan. She studied in the American Art Incubator program in collaboration with the Izoliatsya platform in Kiev. Finalist of Non-stop media biennale for young artists. She worked on collective projects with the curator group of the Municipal Gallery in Kharkiv. Works were exhibited in Warsaw, Lublin, Kiev, Kharkov, Lviv, Odessa.

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