ASSEMBLAGE | work in progress
Exploring industrial, restored and natural forests but always trying to remain on the transient boundary between the forest and the disturbed human landscape, in this project Anastasia Bogomolova acts as an agent of displacement. Proceeding from the logic of artificial flora migrations, she uses her own body converting it to a kind of a platform that transports and connects non-human travellers within one — corporeal — ecosystem.
Visually, the project is divided into two parts. In the first, the artist explores forest landscapes next to well-trodden paths, which look wildly in the images. In photographic performances there the human body is subordinated to the forms of bushes. The second part, created in the studio, utilizes natural materials collected in various ecological niches. The plants and lichens overcome distances separating them and form both habitual unions and impossible assemblages on the human body. Illuminated brightly and colourfully, the hybrids appear as jewellery pieces, a system of signs, or, finally, futuristic modifications striving to move beyond the dichotomy of nature and culture.