Julia Zastava’s latest work, which will premiere at Rakete, explores the process of mutation, the theme of a fragmented reality, and the complexity and polymorphism of the human condition. Sunset Z is an audiovisual performative installation that is based on methods of repetition and formations of interrupted shapeshifting.
The work is organized like a puzzle and speaks the language of motorbike engines, flapping wings, crispy baked hearts and shattered waterfalls. Object-replicas of different, uncanny events are scattered around, resembling artefacts from other dimensions. On stage, Julia Zastava merges with the set and becomes an active player. Accompanied by a sound that functions like a visitor, whose appearance is like the weather or an eclipse, Zastava activates the elements in a loop of haunted gestures.
is a visual artist whose practice includes drawings, videos, sound, installations and performance. Her work revolves around processes of transition, questions of narration, ideas of the uncanny, unpleasant sensations and social surrealism.
She was born in Moscow, where she studied ballet and multimedia directing. She holds a diploma in moving images from GITR Film & Television Institute, Moscow, and a Master’s degree in arts from the Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna. Her works have been shown in Europe, the USA, Latin America and the Middle East.