"Victory at Pskov", 380x600 cm., wood, oil, 2015


The painting "The Victory of Pskov" created quite a stir in the media - painting with a fictional story that was 40 years in the archive of Pskov regional museum and tells the story of how in 1918 the Red Army defeated the German army near Pskov. In fact, this victory was never, because in 1938 it came up with Stalin to justify the celebration of the national holiday "Defender of the Fatherland", which is still celebrated today. Many media outlets have published the news with a patriotic fervor about this picture, especially the media from Pskov. Although the picture is painted in such a way, as it could not have been painted 40 years ago in the era of soсrealism - postmodern citation scenes of battle paintings from different eras.  Fake picture about the fake victory in 1918 at Pskov has created a myth that exploits the willingness of the media to perform a patriotic order.

The main purpose of the exhibition "In memory" - a study of historical memory related to geopolitical events of recent years, which have led to the fact that the memory has been the subject of ideological manipulation and direct falsification. Current methods of privatized power handling and interpretation of the past according to the new doctrine - focus on traditionalism and the new imperialism. That is why the memory of today acts as an organized and orderly oblivion. Media and cultural policy play a role arteries designed to impart a new mythology and consolidate a new identity. Counter this personal memory. This conflict can be seen on historical events, etc. in public criticism of new history textbooks, historical films, power applications This fault shows a reluctance to accept the new version of shared history.


"We have been taught and taught that" red letter day ", on February 23 - the date of the victory of the Red Army over the newborn Kaiser troops near Pskov and Narva, and now the feast of" Defender of the Fatherland. " What is absolute fiction, invented by Stalin. Potapov - an artist, because it creates a giant (3,8h6 m) painting "The Victory of Pskov", deliberately postmodern pastiche, a set of quotes from Russian and Soviet batalistiki. To emphasize the artificiality of images to picture the author chooses the format, does not fit in the museum hall. Myth is always greater than the reality! "Fyodor Romer,« Novaya Gazeta »,


Pskov media "bought" on the pseudo-painting "Victory at Pskov February 23, 1918", which is allegedly 40 years lay in the vaults of the Pskov museum, and made patriotic publications. Example media readiness to perform a patriotic order.