Unheimlich

Total installation

Sigmund Freud in his essay Unheimlich, written in 1919, studies the etymology of the word heimlich, whose meaning goes from domestic, usual, secluded to hidden, secret, and almost merges with its opposition – unheimlich, sinister. Freud comes to the conclusion that it is something common, everyday that is sinister.

Looking at the tragic events of the last year in the post-Soviet area I often questioned myself: where do all these national-patriotic ideas that provoke wars come from. It seemed that the Soviet Union, due to the total standartization,overcame all the ethnic problems because people people living on all the huge territory of the country had the some same problems and almost the same conditions of life. For the Soviet person the national identity turned into some kind of decoration, as a national pattern of the ornament. However, even before the breakup of the Soviet Union some ethnic conflicts started and some of them continue to emerge until now. One can become aware of his identity by comparing himself with the Other. The same thing is going on with the Other, which inevitably leads to conflicts and wars. 

Where is the nostalgia of the lost grandeur hiding? Probably, one should follow Freud and search for the sinister (unheimlich) in the domestic, usual, secluded.

 

 

Pavel Otdelnov. Installation for the exhibition "War museum", Moscow Museum of Contemporary Art

Pavel Otdelnov. Installation for the exhibition "War museum", Moscow Museum of Contemporary Art

 

 

 

Pavel Otdelnov. Unheimlich. 2015, installation. Private collection, Czech Republic

Pavel Otdelnov. Unheimlich. 2015, installation. Private collection, Czech Republic

 

 

 

Pavel Otdelnov. Unheimlich. 2015, installation. Fragment

Pavel Otdelnov. Unheimlich. 2015, installation. Fragment

 

 

 

Pavel Otdelnov. Unheimlich. 2015, installation. Fragment

Pavel Otdelnov. Unheimlich. 2015, installation. Fragment

 

 

 

Pavel Otdelnov. Unheimlich. 2015, installation. Fragment

Pavel Otdelnov. Unheimlich. 2015, installation. Fragment

 

 

 

Pavel Otdelnov. Unheimlich. 2015, installation. Fragment

Pavel Otdelnov. Unheimlich. 2015, installation. Fragment

 

 

 

Pavel Otdelnov. Unheimlich. 2015, installation. Fragment

Pavel Otdelnov. Unheimlich. 2015, installation. Fragment

 

 

 

Pavel Otdelnov. Unheimlich. 2015, installation. Fragment

Pavel Otdelnov. Unheimlich. 2015, installation. Fragment

 

 

 

Pavel Otdelnov. No flights today. 2015, oil on canvas, 160x230. Private collection

Pavel Otdelnov. No flights today. 2015, oil on canvas, 160x230. Private collection

 

 

 

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