V–A–C Foundation and M HKA engage in a longer-term collaboration by supporting the work of contemporary Russian artists in a variety of way. V–A–C wants to enhance the presence of leading Russian artists, of different generations, in selected European museum collections. M HKA exhibits and collects works by artists from Russia and other countries of the former USSR. The museum focuses on ‘Eurasia’, thereby contributing to the geographic diversity of collecting and programming.

2018

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The Tail Wags the Comet, 2017
Installation
mixed media

The installation The Tail Wags the Comet is a three-story architectural intervention for Garage Atrium space that physically and ideologically transports audiences into different surroundings.

Referencing the distinctively eclectic urban landscape of Moscow that is populated with temporary structures, fake edifices, and buildings undergoing reinvention, Korina — who trained as a set designer before studying art — has created an immersive environment that invites visitors to discover the 'secrets' of what lies behind a sequence of incongruous, yet familiar facades. Using quotidian construction materials such as brightly-colored tent cloth, roofing tiles, galvanized metal, wood and paper as well as various scents, The Tail Wags the Comet lives up to the absurdity inherent in its name, through witty navigation tactics and intricate detail that at once disorients and entices the viewer as they embark on an alternative route from the entrance of the museum to the exhibition spaces on the first floor, or vice versa.

The installation explores the contradictions, humor, and pathos of national and cultural identity. In describing the concept of The Tail Wags the Comet — the largest work the artist has made to date — Korina says: 'It is about the frustration of longing for something you will never see or achieve and the notion of a desired future that is met with nothing but mundane reality.'