Osnova Gallery presents «Oxytocin» exhibition by Margo Trushina – project that rethinks human’s place in the environment from the perspective of ecological discourse and the philosophy of posthumanism. Installation and objects created over the past year represent personal experience of the artist’s motherhood and suggest the viewer a critical look at the human-nature and its subsequent evolution in conditions of a technogenic future perspective. In Margo Trushina’s works breast milk is mixed with melting glaciers, and non-organic materials continue living tissue of vegetable world, forming hybrid phenomena – ecosystems. “Until we fade” installation, transforming in time, represents a symbolic iceberg melting in gallery space and neon red cardiogram reproduces the graph of global warming over the past 100 years.
“Oxytocin” or “love hormone” is an important link between human beings and nature world, it is produced by the hypothalamus and naturally affects many areas of body and brain. Oxytocin production is stimulated during sex, childbirth and breastfeeding. Oxytocin, the hormone responsible for the sense of connection and empathy, plays a central role in all types of social connections. Recent studies in neuroscience have shown that this hormone is also produced when a person meets nature. It turned out that phenomena such as the solar eclipse, and other unusual natural phenomena, are also a catalyst for a sense of enthusiasm and complicity.
In the “Oxytocin” project, Margo Trushina speaks in interconnections and invisible flows connecting all human and non-human “bodies” on Earth into one planetary organism. So, our illnesses, fears and worries can be directly related to the pollution of the oceans, because by-products of industrial processes can be found in breast milk of nursing mothers; uncontrolled consumption waste can be seen in the stomachs of marine creatures, which we consume as food. Turning to the philosophy of posthumanism, the ideas of Donna Harraway and Rosie Brideotti on the equality of Man, Nature and Society as three jointly evolving entities, as well as developing Timothy Morton’s thesis about “ecology without nature” and a world where living and non-living objects are woven into social, political and sensual relationships, Margo Trushina creates her own space where she invites the viewer to think about both the “nature” of man and our attitude to “nature”. The post-man today exists in the “anthropocene” era. This concept, imported from geology into philosophy and designating the period of the irreversible human influence on the Earth’s ecosystem, is understood not only as a definition of a new era in the existence of space, but also as an aesthetic and sensual phenomenon, “the experience of living in depleted and toxic world,” which artists introduce into their arsenal of discourse and practice.
The environmental crisis prompted scientists, philosophers, artists to revise relationship between nature and culture, man and objects. Joint survival on the planet, in addition to scientific research, eco-activism and the practice of conscious consumption, requires new art, work of imagination, creation of new imagery and plastics.
Margo Trushina, born in Moscow in 1981, lives and works in London. She graduated from the Faculty of Journalism of Moscow State University, Royal College of Art (London) and the Moscow Institute of Contemporary Art. Her works were presented at the Royal Academy of Arts (London), the Museum of Modern Art (Turin), at the 5th Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art and many others.