Pillow case, Love & Tattoo
Jacquard textile, 160 euros
Art Made Studio presented project „Love & Tattoo”, dedicated to the Soviet camp tattoo and its symbolic role in constructing a person's social identity.
This project has been realised with the collaboration of muscovite artist Natasha Tarr, who participated to the last Art Residence set by Art Made in 2018, in Valencia (Spain).
In the 20th century, tattoo held an important part in the Soviet criminal culture, being a hierarchical marker within the prison community.
It also carried a clear message to the outside, manifesting contempt for the official authority and the law, and subsequently influenced the romantic aestheticization of the mythology of the criminal world.
With the passing of this era, the society changed, but the influence of that culture remains and can be observed even at the very top of the Russian elite. Drawing a tattoo, taken out of its original context, is again regaining popularity as a „decoration”, a means of design and decor.
Within the framework of „Love & Tattoo” project, Art Made also exhibited a series of canvases with ornaments — created in collaboration with the oldest manufactory of traditional jacquard fabrics of Valencia — as well as an exclusive series of prints and video installations.
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