Opening and curator’s talk:
January 13, 6 pm



Foto: Vyacheslav Akhunov, The Stamps, 1974 – 1987


Jan 14 to Feb 26

Ground floor America


curated by WHW

«Ground floor America» is the title of a travel book by Soviet writer duo Ilf and Petrov, written in 1936. Traveling as official Soviet writers through the USA during the Depression, and describing the American culture and way of life with their characteristic humor and satirical approach, they criticize both American reality in the 1930s as well as Soviet prejudices against «decadent American capitalism». As an exhibition, «Ground floor America» takes Ilf’s and Petrov’s approach as a starting point for questioning the notion of «curatorial research» within the broader field of cultural translation, looking at the parallels between the burgeoning liberal economy’s capacity to erode a hitherto existing social consensus —both in the crisis era of the 1930s and at present. … >>