AL Gallery, St. Petersburg
Ilya Orlov. Genevieve. 2012.Oil on canvas. 90x190. Private collection.
A Medieval legend of love, fear, desire and jealousy – the story of Genevieve of Brabant, has inspired Adrian Richter, Marcel Proust and Robert Schumann, gets a new interpretation in this series of paintings, rendered by the author's awareness of the psychoanalytic and Marxist critique of landscape as a genre. In its scrupulous recreation of visual discourses of traditional and Modernist landscape painting – from Claude Lorraine and Camille Corot to Vija Celmins and Andy Warhol – this project problematizes landscape as an ideological form of 'gendering' Nature as a female entity, and that as an instrument of power.