Martina Geiger‑Gerlach

Danke Repin!

Danke Repin! | Thanks Repin!

In the late 19th century Russian painter Ilya Repin spends a summer in Shiryaevo, paints his most important picture there and triggers a chain reaction: countless other artists and art lovers come, a museum will be set up, a spa park is planned… Also the Russian President Putin visits the museum. After this, he gives the village a huge gas installation in the public space as a present, which greatly facilitates the everyday life of the villagers and they both with each other and with the rest of Russia and the countries of Asia and Europe. The reaction to the sculptural work is consistently positive. Impressed by this observation, I make a portable quotation, which four "Спасибо" (thank you) - singing artists are carrying through the village in a procession and give to the Repin Museum.

Performance | 2011
above 3 Hours
VII. Shiryaevo Biennale, Russia
4 artists | Sculpture about 180 × 600 × 15 cm (collected plastic bottles | adhesive tape | daily newspaper photo Vladimir Putin)

Photo series | 2011
224 cm × 13 cm
(9 C-prints 23 × 13 cm, 1 C-Print 8 × 13 cm)
Danke Repin! Danke Repin! Danke Repin! Danke Repin! Danke Repin! Danke Repin! Danke Repin! Danke Repin! Danke Repin!