Dust to Dust | Katerina Sidorova
curated by Lindsay LeBoyer
2 May 2019, 2-5pm
Garnethill Park, Glasgow G3 6RJ
Dust to Dust is a project by artist Katerina Sidorova about cultural memory and the construction of domestic environments. Using mass-produced synthetic carpets as a symbol of lost craftsmanship, Sidorova explores the disjunction between contemporary household items and the rituals they represent.
Dust to Dust takes the form of a two part project accompanied by a publication.
Part I is participatory installation in Garnethill park, where residents and community members are invited to partake in afternoon of carpet cleaning in homage to Glasgow’s lost ‘steamie’ tradition. Participants are encouraged to bring their own rug and join the artist in a cathartic rug beating to expel old dust. The performance unfolds around a metal construction based on mid-century rug beating racks, serving as both functional prop and an aesthetic representation of communal washhouses.
With references to Scottish history and traditional female labour, Dust to Dust aims to aims to reintroduce the collective performance of household chores as a means of community bonding.
Katerina Sidorova (b. 1991, Yaroslavl, RU) is a visual artist currently pursuing her Master’s degree in Performance at the Glasgow School of Art. Her work explores the fragility of human existence; the never-ending yet futile pursuit of reason as experienced through objects that were built to last but never will.
Lindsay LeBoyer (b. 1995, New York, US) is a Master’s student in Curatorial Practice at the Glasgow School of Art. Her emerging practice focuses on co-authorship and artist-led curating.