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Anna Jermolaewa, Lena B., 2011, still from a color HD video, 40 minutes.

Anna Jermolaewa

Salzburger Kunstverein

Anna Jermolaewa, Lena B., 2011, still from a color HD video, 40 minutes.

Hung in a corner, the central picture in this show was easy to overlook. A small untitled black-and-white photograph, it shows five young women and one young man. Taken in 1986 at a high school for the arts in what used to be Leningrad, it shows Anna Jermolaewa with her classmates; the artist came across the picture years later on a social-networking site. In May 1989, shortly before the dissolution of the Soviet Union, she had fled Leningrad as an eighteen-year-old opposition sympathizer. Settling in Vienna, she later became known for video installations that on first glance seem to show a quite direct reproduction of the real world, but are in fact subtle reflections on the transitory, ephemeral nature of reality—snapshots of time in a state of flux.

In this exhibition, “Das vierzigste Jahr” (The Fortieth Year), the element of time also played a central role. More precisely,

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