WE ARE CELEBRATING is a study into the way traditions are formed and reformed in the present and a study into the awareness and use of traditions with its crossing references. Officially and unofficially.
The exhibition investigates 3 official Observances (Celebration Days) as ceremonial manifestations that create narratives of a nation, culture and identity.
Officially, a large list of both international and national Observances exists; some quite preserved and popularized in memory, others not recognized – or seem to appear unnecessary or even absurd.
What is their relevance today and what interests are being celebrated? How do they maintain a continuity in the perspective of the contrast between the constant change and innovation of the modern world and the attempt to structure at least some parts of social life within it as unchanging and invariant?
(St. Petersburg, Russia 2015)