People’s House of the Iron Rose is the exhibition of Tanya Efrussi’s work that opened on 26 July 2019 in the Museum of History of Vyksa Metalworks at the Batasheovy-Shepelevy historical estate. The exhibition presented the results of artist’s residency in Vyksa, Nizhny Novgorod region.
People’s House of the Iron Rose refers to the space that Efrussi created in one of the exhibition rooms of the museum by bringing back into the light the museum objects and documents that were forgotten by the Museum itself, reconstructed objects, as well as objects ignored in her opinion by the ‘Big Narrative’ of national history. Her works touch upon various subjects, thoughts, ideas and practices related to women’s emancipation and the struggle for social liberalisation in the wake of 1917 revolution.
On a conceptual level, Efrussi’s project reflects on the mechanisms that shape the ‘Big Narrative’, alternative history and microhistories. It provides an analytical (or critical) view of how the identity of a Russian town is informed by the activities of the museum and, more broadly, on the origins of a contemporary Russian identity at large.
This video documents the opening of the exhibition and includes the opening presentation and the discussion of the project. It is followed by the documentation of a drift through Vyksa that the participants undertook after the opening, during which they shared their ideas on the intersection of arts and politics.
Video timing: 01:25:36, looped (3 TIMES)
Year of production: 2019