This atwork is inspired by a science fiction novel by English author H. G. Wells The War of the Worlds first published in 1898. The novel is a first-person narrative of both an unnamed protagonist in Surrey and his younger brother in London as southern England is invaded by Martians. The novel has been variously interpreted as a commentary on evolutionary theory, British imperialism, and generally Victorian superstitions, fears and prejudices. It’s one of the first stories that started a literary craze for tales that aroused imaginations and anxieties about hypothetical invasions by foreign powers.
Aliens is a response to the current chaos rocking the world. The confrontation between major political powers in the world is escalating, while proxy wars in the Middle East and the general economic malaise in third world countries have unleashed the largest mass migration since World War II. The elimination of borders with the collapse of Soviet Union, the accompanying expansion of the European Union, and the repercussions of the Arab Spring have paradoxically led to an increase in tensions, particularly between migrants and host nations. Against this complicated backdrop, how do people and societies more broadly respond to the challenges of integration and assimilation posed by “invaders”?
And, on another level, we treat the environment like aliens that have another planet to leave to?
Aliens is a series of sculptures that resemble an extra-terrestrial family which like us might have children and even pets. It addresses to the issues of immigration, borders, our perception and often-hostile feelings to unfamiliar. Enamel bowls are massively produced in Russia and widely used on post-Soviet territory. Besides striking visual quality of the bowls especially when stack on top of each other and associates with UFO, the choice of media reflects on the ever-growing threat from Russia’s domestic and international attitude towards West.