Water and People, or Neonarcissism

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© Marika Maiorova
© Moscow Museum of Modern Art [25 Petrovka]
Water and People, or Neonarcissism

25 Petrovka Street
107031 Moscow
Russian Federation
November 3rd, 2009 - November 29th, 2009
Opening: November 2nd, 2009 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Russian Federation
Mon-Sun 12.00 - 20.00
installation, video-art


Moscow Museum of Modern Art presents a solo show by Marika Maiorova, a playwright, fashion designer and an artist, a participant of a number of exhibitions in Russia and abroad. Project “Water and People, or Neonarcissism” presents five works which reflect key aspects of human interaction with the water element. The exhibition includes video installations and art objects, illustrating human-water interrelation: from embryos floating in the mother's womb, to semi-effaced photograph by the Black sea, to seeing your own reflection in the aquarium wall as inherently poetic.

“Water and People, or Neonarcissism” project is simultaneously an art, scientific, philosophical and acutely social project: Marika Maiorova aims to present her own vision, of how the cynical and aggressive “Generation X” was formed, to show how the emergence of digital photography lead to shifts in ethics, to reflect the loneliness and agitation of contemporary people searching for meaning in life.

The inspiration for this project came from scientific findings showing that water is capable of reacting to outside force, as well as to store and transfer information and human emotions by changing its structure.

Marika Maiorova on the project “Water and People, or Neonarcissism”:

“Research by Japanese scientist Masaru Emoto with ice crystals forming from water that was previously exposed to music, images, and verbal discourse, showed water can absorb, store and transfer human thoughts and emotions. And that is why Dr Emoto is convinced (and so am I) that we can heal the planet and ourselves by producing positive love and gratitude “vibrations” directed at Water”.


Marika Maiorova (Dadiani) was born and grew up in Tbilisi. She spent her early years in Moscow, where she finished comprehensive school № 495, and later graduated from Russian State Institute of Cinematography. She then moved to New York, where she studied at NY Fashion Institute of Technology and at Film Directing Course at Columbia University School of the Arts. She lives and works in Moscow and New York.