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About This Project

Artist Tatyana Badanina envisioned the idea of soaring white garments in the room of her daughter Anna Sergeenko, who died in a plane crash. Looking through her daughter’s fashion designs of paper-cut white dresses, she suddenly realized their meaning in a new way. The tragic loss had fused the grace and the beauty of those white attires with their sacred sense: light, heavenly love and separation, represented within the religious Orthodox context by the Virgin’s robe.

The space and light installation by Tatyana Badanina consists of collages made out of hand-molded paper utilizing a variety of technical means and materials: plastic, transparent fabric, metal and wooden constructions. It is not only form that is important here, but also the interplay of different paper textures and barely noticeable ornaments that define the overall rhythm of the composition. This project is not just the objects, but the light they emit. Presence of light supports here the meaning of white color as a symbol of inner enlightenment and spiritual triumph of life over death. Installation “1221 Amor” naturally develops the main themes of Badanina’s art: sky, light and dematerialization of space.

Ephemeral white dresses of various styles, historical and national motives, hovering easily in the air, resemble mysterious stellar fragments: near-Earth asteroids that received a new life in a cosmic catastrophe and named Amor* after the ancient God of love. Just like these celestial bodies whose composition is similar to that of planets, the glowing white clothes refer both  to the bodily and the mundane in  function, and to the sublime and the eternal in form and color.

“Life” of asteroids of the Amor group depends on the nearby planets. Their orbits, like human destinies, can be altered at any moment by some dramatic and incomprehensible disturbance of cosmic matter. Theoretically, an Amor,   fallen out of its orbit can harm the Earth, but in reality these asteroids are safe as they only have a limited freedom of rotation around the closest planet.

The most substantial and significant asteroid of the group is Amor 1221; sometimes it approaches Earth as if trying to return to it, only to fly away to Mars again. Human mind can not comprehend reasons and meanings of  these “celestial homecomings”, yet our imagination poses an involuntary question: 

what could  this  travel mean: whether it is an amorous attraction that ensures life continuation on Earth, or  warning  of fatal collision that would end  life on this planet?

Whatever is there  to come, in the installation  “Amor 1221” Tatyana Badanina finds  w ay  to express  the transition from life to death and to resurrection, from light to darkness and to glaring light again, from matter to its luminescence and to transformation into photons, from mortal earth to the skies and to eternal cosmos.

*On the March 12, 1932 a Belgian astronomer Eugene Joseph Delporte discovered a group of 66 asteroids, with the largest of them being Amor 1221. Later, this name was given to all the asteroids of the family of celestial fragments traveling between Earth and Mars.