Iaroslav Kusch “untitled”, 2018, installation, courtesy of the artist
Permanent move to another country almost always involves facing with social hierarchies. Locals treat foreigners with disbelief at best. Immigrants’ successes and achievements reached in their homeland are annulled on the new soil, everything has to be started from scratch. Accepting the rules, playing by these rules becomes essential.
The installation of Iaroslav Kusch, who moved to Germany back in 2016 and had to undergo all the difficulties of integration into the new living conditions, evidently refers to similar constructs by Joseph Beuys and Robert Morris from the 60’s. However, by placing the artwork in the corner of an exhibition space, just as Boyce and Morris did, the artist seems to solve completely different problems.
Does the pyramid collapse just because it’s been shifted from the center to the marginalia by a forceful artistic gesture?