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Zhenya Machneva, Totem, 2020, cotton, linen, and synthetic fibers, 73 5⁄8 × 75 5⁄8".

Zhenya Machneva, Totem, 2020, cotton, linen, and synthetic fibers, 73 5⁄8 × 75 5⁄8".

Zhenya Machneva

Galerie Georges-Philippe & Nathalie Vallois

Zhenya Machneva uses a Finnish Varpapuu floor loom and colorful cotton, linen, and synthetic yarns to create detailed renderings of machinery she has observed and covertly photographed in derelict factories or abandoned industrial ports in and around her native Saint Petersburg—still Leningrad when she was born there in 1988. The artist’s interest in such sites is both personal and political. Having long admired factories from afar, Machneva first stepped inside one in 2012 to visit her grandfather at the now defunct Krasnaya Zarya (Red Dawn) telephone factory. She was struck by what she perceived as a camaraderie between her grandfather and the machinery he had operated for fifty years. And as her recent exhibition “Réminiscences” attested, the social impact of Stalin’s imposed industrialization and the demise of Russia’s once-mighty manufacturing sector after the fall of the Soviet Union

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