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Elena Kovylina, RU

Elena Kovylina, Equality, 2014 © Manifesta 10

Performance and video installation at Palace Square and General Staff Building

Russian artist Elena Kovylina staged this performance in the Palace Square. It consisted of a line of people, many of them members of the M10 Russian team, standing on stools of different heights to make it look as if they were of the same stature. This work constituted a criticism of modern democratic society which entrenches social inequality. During the biennial, a video of the performance was shown in the General Staff Building.