Alexander Shchurenkov

Zugzwang

Zugzwang (from German Zugzwang — the compulsion to move), unusual to the Russian ear, the word in the title of the exhibition by Alexander Shchurenkov, is a chess term. It is used to denote a position in a game in which one or both of the opponents have no useful moves at the same time, so that any move of the player leads to a deterioration of his own position. In tactical terms, zugzwang is close to the trap, taking the chess game, when one player is counting on the recklessness of the enemy.

Installation consisting of Japanese ‘Daruma’ doll, believed to embodying a wish, and mesh object that is pieced together by Shchurenkov manually from garbage bags using the technique of weaving fishing nets that he had learned from his father. In artist’s interpretation the garbage bag itself corresponds to one’s possibility to wish and consume. We can literally measure anybody’s materialistic wishes by certain amount of garbage bags.

’Daruma’ doll placed in endlessly multiplying net which is represent not only fishing net but also a chessboard, is symbolizing a trap of desires eternally catching a human.

The artworks from this project were included in Alexander Shchurenkov’s solo exhibition “Zugzwang” (curator: Alexey Maslyaev) presented in Fragment Gallery from 31st of May till 10th of July 2018. The exhibition was a part of the Parallel Programme of the 6th Moscow International Biennale for Young Art.

Zugzwang I. Hand-weaved net from plastic garbage bags and wire, Japanese ‘Daruma’ doll
2 x 1,5 m, 2018

Zugzwang II. Hand-weaved net from plastic garbage bags and wire. Various dimensions, 2018

Zugzwang II. Hand-weaved net from plastic garbage bags and wire. Various dimensions, 2018

Zugzwang II. Hand-weaved net from plastic garbage bags and wire. Various dimensions, 2018

Zugzwang II. Hand-weaved net from plastic garbage bags and wire. Various dimensions, 2018

Zugzwang II. Hand-weaved net from plastic garbage bags and wire. Various dimensions, 2018