Superwoman: ‘Work, Build and Don’t Whine'
18 June — 17 September 2016
40.8 is a specially commissioned audio reflection on the theme of Superwoman by contemporary artist Alisa Oleva (born 1989). This imaginary soundscape creates a personal response to the double burden of the Soviet woman.
"If I think of 'Soviet Superwoman' I think of my grandmother. She would never stop. Except for the single secret moment of rest and silence she once told me about. This audio walk invites you into the world of Soviet women: into the numbers, schedules, statistics, records and achievements, with only rare moments of rest. Just put on the headphones and follow the footsteps."
MP3 players are available to borrow in the gallery or alternatively the audio walk can be downloaded via Soundcloud here.
Idea: Alisa Oleva
Voices: Alisa Oleva, Alexey Andriyanenko, Ksenia Belash, Maria Letti, Victoria Romanova
Roundtable Discussion with Masha Gordon and Natasha Tsukanova
07 July 2016
Superwoman: Financiers, Futurists And Philanthropists
A roundtable discussion between two leading international businesswomen, Masha Gordon and Natasha Tsukanova. Both are also leading philanthropists, inspiring and educating the next generation. Masha Gordon has just completed her record-breaking mountaineering challenge and set up the charity Grit & Rock to encourage young women, while Natasha Tsukanova, Founder of The Tsukanov Family Foundation, has created a charity dedicated to developing young people through arts, culture, education, heritage and science initiatives across the UK and Russia.
Nick Smedley | Hollywood and the Portrayal of the Soviet Woman: Ernst Lubitsch's Ninotchka (1939)
21 June 2016
Film historian Nick Smedley presented an exploration of the Soviet woman in 1930s Hollywood. As America prepared for war in alliance with the Soviet Union, German emigre film-maker Ernst Lubitsch directed Ninotchka, a romantic comedy that finds unexpected bonds between capitalism and communism, just as a rich playboy finds unexpected bonds with an uptight female Soviet commissar. Ninotchka was Greta Garbo's first full comedy, and her penultimate film. It was one of the first American movies which, under the cover of a satirical, light romance, depicted the Soviet Union under Joseph Stalin as being rigid and grey, in this instance comparing it with the free and sunny Parisian society of pre-war years.
Superwoman Private View and Roundtable Discussion
17 June 2016