1986 , LVA
LMA Riga

Elina Jonina

The belief that certain phenomena or events are an expression of supernatural forces or portents of the future give rise to superstitions that can be regarded as received ideas without any rational substance. People believe that by performing certain “rituals“ they can actually exercise control over the future. Jonina’s minimalist but compelling installation reflects on the nature of superstition, and furthermore does so in direct interaction with the viewer. Using sculptural techniques, she abstracts the most distinctive elements of three notorious superstitions – the black cat crossing the road, spilled salt and spitting over one’s shoulder for luck – by placing them in a coldly detached, as it were “gutted“ installation. The emotionless atmosphere of the setting contrasts with the aesthetic experience of the emotions evoked by the situations associated with the superstitions to which they correspond. The experience evoked by the installation is accentuated by the use of steel constructions – a stage or window presenting images to the audience. It is far from easy to find a rational explanation for superstitions which are not based on causality. What we can do, though, is realize their actual presence and significance in our everyday lives, proof of which is Elina Jonina’s diploma work.