In an exhibition at a bomb shelter, artists put spectators under a machine gun

The sixth disappearance occurred in the dungeon

At the entrance to the Bomba Gallery, the public is greeted by a red machine gun that rotates around its axis on a platform. To see an exhibition dedicated to the extinction of animals and plants, you have to stand under the barrel or feel like a sniper for a second. The artwork “Everyone” by artist Andrey Mitenev from the doorstep makes you think of the destructive power of man. In several rooms of the former bomb shelter we find the results of the expansion. 20 artists selected by lot one of the species of already extinct animals or plants and presented their revival in the future. Is it possible to restore the lost and will anyone be able to learn from what he has done?

Andrey Mitenev’s speech, which begins Sixth Extinction, was originally designed as a tribute to the well-known rhyme: “Every hunter wants to know where the pheasant is sitting.” But then from the mnemonic phrase to remembering the rainbow color sequence there was one key word – each one. Recent events have contributed to the articulation of the question – who is to blame and what to do? Are they really all? With this complex feeling, we go to a designer-exhibition, imagining a utopian world, where people decided to resurrect the creatures of nature that have sunk into oblivion. With the help of a lottery, the curator of the exhibition, Evgenia Belyakova, drew among the artists the types of extinct animals and plants that each of the participants, without looking at the Internet, imagined alive.

Here, for example, hell toad. A duck-like bird species disappeared from the face of the Earth in 1989. Artist Mikhail Plokhotsky linked the story of an extinct bird to another plot – one that took place a few days after the death of the last pair of pangolins. On January 21, 1992, a ship carrying 30,000 rubber ducks was caught in a hurricane in the Pacific Ocean. Plastic toys set sail and three months later, 20,000 of them reached the coasts of Indonesia, Australia and South America. However, the story of duck travelers does not end there – thousands of yellow rubber ducks roam the planet, declaring “a future from their desperately resilient past”. The ducklings in the Bomba Gallery swim behind a net fence that separates the art space from the danger zone covered with roofing material. No one knows exactly what is hidden under it, but you can not press the cover, so it is fenced off by the public. But it is illuminated by violet light, in the rays of which the yellow rubber ducks look spectacular, a fact that makes the transfer of “accidental” pollution of nature particularly voluminous. Indeed, man sometimes destroys the planet unintentionally, nature itself intervenes in some processes, but does this absolve him of the guilt for the extinction of the species?

Near the hell is Tousotote, a two-headed cephalopod. This genus of squid-like cephalopods has not lived in the deep sea for a long time. And all the while, scientists are arguing over its name, size and lifestyle. Therefore, the artist Roman Golovko depicted tusoteuthis mutating – in the process of changing DNA. Scientists can not decide when this species became extinct, either in the Cretaceous or in the late 19th century, but the extinct animal, as it turns out, is present in our world. The artist depicts his skeleton in such a way that it resembles a double-headed eagle crossed on the floor on a surgical table. There is a proven truth in this comparison – the ancient squid really looks like the coat of arms of the empire. There is something impossible, enchanting, majestic and defeated inside him, we observe his flattened body among the sounds of an indistinct, merged noise. The future of the planet is as uncertain as the past of this extinct species.

No less mythical deer appearance than the artist Sergei Katran. This animal, according to one version, is a descendant of the legendary unicorn. “The heir to the kingdom of Guygnhnm (from Gulliver’s travels. ΜΜ.“combines the best moral and ethical qualities of all intelligent beings in the Universe”, the artist writes about the genre he won by lottery and thus draws a line in the work of Sixth Extinction.

We humans – consciously or unwillingly – are destroying our own species or siblings on the planet, who have the same rights to live with you and me. The artists involved in Bombs, in their imagination, reconstruct a world in which the extinct planetary neighbors become inhabitants of the present and remind us of what was destroyed. About intentional or unintentional cruelty. The impulse of every sensible person, thinking of the sixth extinction that swept the planet (the fifth was the extinction of the dinosaurs), is to restore everything as it was. After all, no one wants to live in the desert. But the speed of the processes of extinction of animals and plants suggests the irreversibility of the process, where the main driving force is man.

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