Alyona Knyaginina is a young Moscow-based artist born in Rostov-on-Don, Russia.
Alyona's practice at this stage often includes experimenting with difficult media, techniques and approaches. She explores the themes that are personal to her, reacts on what is happening in the world and investigates modern culture.
This artwork is a reaction to partial decriminalization of domestic abuse in Russia. Embroidery, widely seen as women's work, is used in the project as a metaphor for female victims of this issue. The project started while exploring the contrast between the happy festive Arbat streets in Moscow and the cold deserted places between them. Those lonely, dirty and destroying yards felt far more real then the main streets. It made me think of lives of the people there being as unseen as those houses, as covered with this everlasting external celebration.
I've found current situation with domestic abuse in Russia and people's perception of it to be very similar to those unseen destroying houses.
My aim was to bring attention to the ugly things Russian government is trying to cover up with pretty ones.