Survival Instructions for Citizens of the Former USSR

Sergeymaslovea

Sergey MaslovElena Vorobyeva & Viktor Vorobyev

1998

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Collection: Collection M HKA, Antwerp (Inv. no. S0429).

Survival Instructions for Citizens of the Former USSR is a reconstruction by Elena Vorobyeva and Viktor Vorobyev of an action Maslov originally did in Almaty in 1998. For this action, Maslov let a singer of arias at a luxurious event haphazardly distribute a stack of flyers during the performance. Written on these flyers were absurd, humorous 'advices' for a post-Soviet life. The banality of every day life as suggested by the flyers clashed with the setting in which they were distributed, but nonetheless, the audience took Maslov's words very seriously and soon started discussing about the content. For this reconstruction, Vorobyeva and Vorobyev translated the instructions into the fifteen languages of the former Soviet Union. Vorobyeva: "Now any former Soviet person can come to the exhibition and read these instructions in his or her native language, finding something or another valuable and applying this advice in practice."

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