Apparition of the Last Soviet Artist in London
16 October 2018
Bookings for the event will open soon
GRAD is proud to announce a new commission by the graphic reportage artist Victoria Lomasko, who is working on a mural for GRAD’s new office at Somerset House in response to GRAD’s ongoing digital project ShadowMemory, which shifts relationships between art, city and people.
Following the tradition of Soviet artist correspondents, Lomasko’s practice combines word and image to create sketched vignettes that tell “the stories of ordinary people, unfolding against the background of history”. Her sketches give voice to those who are invisible and unheard, uncovering universal human experiences whilst producing a portrait of post-Soviet Russia that runs counter to mainstream media narratives in both East and West. The result is a network of signs and symbols that tease out the uncanny feelings of loneliness and belonging, purpose and drift, experienced by the individual in the megapolis.
About the artist
Victoria Lomasko was born in Serpukhov, Russia in 1978. She works as a graphic artist and has lectured and written widely on graphic reportage. The co-author of the book Forbidden Art, nominated for the Kandinsky Prize in 2010, she has also co-curated two major art exhibitions, The Feminist Pencil and Drawing the Court. Her work has been exhibited in numerous shows in Russia and abroad. She is based in Moscow.