2009, Oil on canvas 145x145cm, private collection, UK
The rediscovery of Vitebsk
There was no Modern Art in the Encyclopaedia Sovetica. For decades Modern Art had been a state secret in that country and it was a real cultural shock for us, the young artists, when previously unseen art appeared in museums, libraries and cinemas during the Thaw; the first liberalization of political and cultural lives in the USSR.
The other shocking thing that I discovered was that I was living near to Vitebsk; a small provincial town in Belarus where M. Chagall was born, where K. Malevich taught his theories and where the aesthetic revolution of the world’s importance took place.