INESSA KALABEKOVA

Music Playlist for the next exhibition:

During the interviews for my Descendants of Dragons project, I embarked on a journey through my friends’ treasured childhood fairy tales and their imaginative desires for modification. Lena, with her roots in Russia, spoke fondly of Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Little Mermaid,” a tale that had captured her heart since youth. However, she harboured a longing for a more uplifting conclusion, one that would dispel the melancholy endings of traditional fairy tales.

Naima, representing the cultural richness of Italy, shared stories of her upbringing filled with legends rather than conventional fairy tales. Among these, the labyrinthine saga of the minotaur from ancient Greek mythology resonated deeply with her. Yet, despite her fascination, Naima couldn’t help but lament the tragic fate of the minotaur, wishing for a narrative where redemption and reconciliation prevailed.

Lily, originating from the vibrant tapestry of Chinese folklore, recounted her admiration for the timeless classic “Journey to the West” by Wu Cheng’en. The tale of a wandering monk and his resourceful simian companion stirred her imagination, igniting a desire to emulate their resilience and adaptability in conquering both earthly and celestial challenges.

In the intricate tapestry of my artistic collages, I weave together fragments of musical notes from Puccini’s “Madama Butterfly.” Discovered in a quaint shop nestled at the end of bustling Netsky Avenue in Saint Petersburg, these melodies carry with them a sense of longing and beauty that resonates deeply within me. Envisioning the resonance of the Humming Chorus in my exhibition, I aspire to reimagine traditional narratives, offering alternative endings where characters coexist harmoniously, transcending the confines of fate and convention. It’s a creative endeavour I’m confident would garner support from the wise and empathetic Chiyo-San.

Furthermore, my vision extends to the inclusion of Antonin Dvorak’s enchanting melodies – often hailed as the “Czech Tchaikovsky” – in my exhibition. These musical compositions, with their soul-stirring harmonies and evocative themes, will add yet another layer of depth and emotion to the immersive experience, inviting viewers to embark on a journey of discovery and reflection through the realms of art and imagination.

Music Playlist for the next exhibition:

Dvorak: Symphonic Poems – Overtures

Madama Butterfly: Humming Chorus

Chopin – Complete Nocturnes

Dvorák – Serenade for Strings in E Major, Op. 22, B. 52: II. Tempo di valse

Remo Anzovino – Vincent (From “Van Gogh – Of Wheat Fields and Clouded Skies” Soundtrack)

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