THE TSUKANOV ART COLLECTION

 

Blue Noses Group

 ‘The image market we wanted to target was not just organized in the West, but completely saturated. They periodically needed a couple of Russians (to spice things up) – but only the sort of Russians you find in folk images: bearded, drunk and clutching balalaikas. Before us this role had been filled by Ilya Kabakov with his "Communal Life", Boris Mikhailov with his photographs of the Kharkov homeless or Oleg Kulik as a "Man-Dog." Once we had followed them abroad, and suddenly faced the need to be recognized and show ourselves as "typically Russian," we started to take their idiotic ideas about us to the absurd.’