Pulota

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Rustam Khalfin & Yuliya Tikhonova

1990

Installation, 125 x 20 x 2,7 cm, 64 x 74 x 2,7 cm, 24 x 500 x 2,7 cm, 81 x 78 x 2,7 cm, 24 x 20 x 2,7 cm, 60 x 117 x 2,7 cm, 197 x 68 x 2,7 cm.
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Collection: Collection M HKA, Antwerp (Inv. no. S0440).

The elementary objects installed along with Khalfin's video pieces are called Pulota, referring to a central concept of Khalfin meaning ‘a void in a fist’. They represent the hollow space within a fist, a bodily camera obscura. The word itself is a combination of the Russian words pustota (void) and kulak (fist) and refers to nomadic wanderings through one’s inner space, an exploration which occupied Khalfin throughout his professional and personal life. The versions of these objects in the M HKA collection are reconstructions by Kazakh artists Elena Vorobyeva and Viktor Vorobyev.

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