ALEXANDER PONOMAREV АЛЕКСАНДР ПОНОМАРЕВ

 

MAYA. THE LOST ISLAND

Action Barents Sea, Arctic Ocean, Russia
2000

Action.
Island Sedlovaty, Vessels of the Kola Flotilla of the Northern Fleet,
special Navy equipment.

 

«...Soundlessly laughing, he shook his head, and said: «Maya! Maya!»

To the eyes of this yogi […] all men's lives, everything was Maya, was a kind of childishness, a spectacle, theater, an illusion, emptiness in bright wrappings, a soap bubble -- something one could laugh at and at the same time despise, but by no means take seriously.»

Herman Hesse, The Glass Bead Game

In the Barents Sea the artist collaborated with sailors of the northern fleet to organize an expedition of four ships, using special naval equipment to temporarily erase Sedlovaty island from the face of the earth, after first taking it off the nautical map.