21 November 2019—12 January 2020
On November 21, 2019, IZOLYATSIA presents Remont, a site-specific installation by renowned Tunis-born artist of Ukrainian origin Nadia Kaabi-Linke at the IZONE Creative Community. The interactive installation is made for the IZONE exhibition space on the second floor, transforming it into a transit zone that connects the stairway and the cafeteria. Usually the exhibition space is the opposite of a passage, functioning as a site for reflection and spending time whereas in this case its function is intentionally subverted.
The Ukrainian word ‘remont’ can be humbly translated into English as renovation or maintenance, however the nuanced meanings slip away in the act of translation. Accordingly, remont can better be described as a long-term, ongoing or even never-ending process of keeping together that which threatens to decay, usually infrastructure. Remont initiatives are stereotypically mismanaged, chaotic, low-quality. They are often carried out by the very same inhabitants of the building who by no means have professional skills.