Leonid Tishkov’s Private Moon comes to Liverpool
Leonid Tishkov‘s whimsical work is coming to Liverpool in December as part of Republic of the Moon – an art exhibition at FACT gallery to celebrate 50 years since Yuri Gagarin’s first foray into space. There are some other fascinating sounding projects involved (an attempt at recreating the scent of the moon and so on) but the pictures of Tishkov and his illuminated moon were what really caught my eye.
“Private Moon” is a visual poem, telling a story about a man who found the Moon and stayed with her for the rest of his life.
In the upper world, in the attic of his house, he saw the Moon which had fallen from the sky. At first she was hiding from the sun in a dark, damp tunnel and was constantly frightened by the passing trains. Then she came to the house of the man.
Wrapping the moon in a thick blanket, he gives her autumn apples and drinks tea with her. When she finally recovers he puts her on a boat and carries her across a dark river to a high bank, where moon pine-trees grow.
He descends to the lower world wearing the clothes of his deceased father and then returns, illuminating the way with his private moon.
Transcending the borders between worlds via narrow bridges, sinking into sleep, taking care of the heavenly body, man turns into a mythological being living in the real world like in a fantastic fairy-tale.
Although some people might find this sort of thing a little twee, for me it evokes some of the romance and the magic which have kept me fascinated by space and space exploration.
Republic of the Moon, 16 December 2011 – 26 February 2012, FACT