The installation One Hundred Steps to Greatness depicts the reality of politics versus the idealism of politics, when people of power make ambitious promises that go unfulfilled, doing so with impunity. While in concrete reality most of us subserviently continue going in circles hopelessly to reach the goals.
Taking the title One Hundred Concrete Steps – Plan of The Nation from the Kazakhstan manifesto, written as a checklist for the international community by President Nazarbayev with the aim of defining the country’s identity and ambition of joining the top 30 developed countries by 2050, Jurik’s work highlights the pitfalls and absurdity of constructing a country from scratch.
Her works draw upon “traditional” objects and imagery. The performance One Hundred Concrete Steps to Greatness oversized fictional bone boots the shape of which is appropriated from an ancient nomadic game with sheep ankle bones, sticky molasses which resembles petroleum and mysterious objects made of felt or bones, the whole installation like a shamanic ritual is aimed to bring the audience into the altered state of mind to channel the transcendental energies into this world.