Anna Gershberg from the Aidan Gallery in Russia spoke to SML about "The Silence of Maria", a series of 9 works by Russian photographer Rauf MAMEDOV at The Armory Show 2010, an international contemporary art fair held in New York City every year.


The Silence of Maria, 2010

God's Enigmatic Silence.

Sometimes you want to shout so badly.
You want a reply, a shout to match your own.
Not from anyone, but from God himself, the Creator.
We want Him to offer us a hand.
He keeps His enigmatic silence.
And then the fear creeps in.
You can defeat the fear by practicing the same enigmatic silence, the silence of God.
Silent people are Godlike.
They are often accused of the sin of pride.
Even more often they get institutionalized in various sorts of hospitals.

"The Silence of Maria" is a series of 9 works based on the Gospel according to St. Matthew. (2:14-15, The Flight To Egypt)

Rauf Mamedov
Translation by Valentine Djakonov

Maria Maidurova, Kristian Tsonda, Mikhail Vasianin; Dmitry Krainov C-graphics), Dmitry Preobrazhensky (photographer), Tatiana Berkovitch (makeup), Elena Skornjakova (print) took part in the project

Aidan Gallery
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Russia 105120 Moscow Syromyatnicheskiy per. 1 build. 6


The Armory Show is the United States’ leading art fair devoted to the most important artworks of the 20th and 21st centuries. In its twelve years, the fair has become an international institution. Every March, artists, galleries, collectors, critics and curators from all over the world make New York their destination during Armory Arts Week.

The Armory Show 2010 also features The Armory Show – Modern, specializing in modern and secondary market material on Pier 92. Pier 94 continues to be a venue to premiere new works by living artists. With one ticket, visitors to The Armory Show on March 4–7, 2010 have access to the latest developments in the art world, and to the masterpieces which heralded them.

Piers 92 and 94 on 55th Street and 12th Avenue, NYC
March 4-7, 2010


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