“Like banners flying on flagpoles…”, 2021

220 x 280 cm
oil on canvas and wood


"Like banners flying on flagpoles, this work, with its sharp peaks, seeks to remind us of the times of the Middle Ages. But the stratification of society is now happening voluntarily on the principle of digital bubbles and various kinds of information fields. We are isolated from each other and sometimes closed off from what is happening in the world. Globalism sometimes sucks resources out of some and gives them out to others in surplus. Thus, the process of hidden colonialism and dependence of economies change the usual types of consumption of food and local environments.

Also in this work, I use symbols of more archaic societies, where equal treatment of a person and an object, and even respect for prey, was part of culture and, as a result, maintained a respectful attitude towards resources and nature, which is contrary to the capitalist model of overproduction."

About the artist:

Anna Tagantzeva-Kobzeva (b.1990) is from St. Petersburg, Russia, and lives and works in Moscow. She is a bio-multimedia artist graduated from ICA Moscow. Anna is currently continuing her studies at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna at the Faculty of Bildende Kunst. She works with various media including performance, painting, installation and video. Anna is a laureate of the Garage Digital grant program 2021.

In 2021, she had a personal exhibition in the gallery "Dai pyat" (Voronezh), a personal exhibition in the Fābula gallery (Moscow) and a duet exhibition as a result of the residence in the studio of the Vladimir Smirnov and Konstantin Sorokin Foundation (Moscow), participated in a special project Vll Moscow the international biennale of young art “Rosbank Future Cities”, the digital art fair CADAF Paris and the exhibition “Choosing a Distance: Speculation, Fakes, Forecasts in the Coronatzen Era” at the Garage Museum of Contemporary Art (Moscow) as part of the APXIV group.

In 2020, she won the Digital Dreams competition with the support of the Qatar Embassy in Moscow. Participated in the 7th Moscow International Biennale for Young Art, as well as in the parallel program of the 6th and 7th Moscow International Biennale for Young Art, in the exhibition "The New Art Fest 2020". Maker Art Pandemia Lisbon, Portugal, Art Week SPB (St. Petersburg, 2020).

In 2019, she participated in the exhibition following the results of the residence "In its place" at the Austrian Cultural Forum (Moscow) as well as in Copenhagen Art Week 2019 and Budapest Art Week 2019 as part of the APXIV group.