"Solo exhibition "Kirill Blagolepov, 32 years, Moscow", pop/off/art gallery, Moscow, 2019
In the new exhibition, Vladimir Potapov is a researcher of the impact of virtual reality of social networks on public consciousness. For his series of paintings, the artist chooses photographs that he found on the profile of the unknown Kirill Blagolepov on facebook.
Kirill Blagolepov's account, despite the published personal information about him: his name, originally from Moscow, 32 years old, the presence of friends and relatives, is fake. All publications on the wall are reposts ordered on sites for boosting likes, comments and subscribers, as well as the user's page itself, created on the network for biased comments and other activity. Since modern algorithms of social networks are configured to detect fake accounts and immediately delete them, the main task of this bot interface is to create the appearance of a living person, disguise itself as reality and thus "survive" and stay online.
Vladimir Potapov captures the features of the millions of such Kirillov Blagolepovs that have flooded social networks. Together with professional psychoanalyst Roman Istomin, he creates a psychological portrait based on the publications of the account and reproduces materials from the profile of Kirill Blagolepov in his works. The artist seems to resurrect his digital "remains" and immortalize them in history. Fragments of his memory are captured in one of the most pathetic mediums - painting. Thus, the fictional Blagolepov becomes a person, and his life is immortalized. This project is both a monument to anonymity and an ode to digital avatars posing as human beings.