28/09–3/11/2019. Saint Petersburg
A Story of Disappearance

Semyon Motolyanets’ project about one object’s fate contemplates life and death of the Linden Blossom soap. Objects are systematically laid out in special boxes and resemble a geological or another natural science collection.

The artist sees the transformation of the body of soap into a remnant and its subsequent complete disappearance as a metaphor for matter in general.

Project author

Semyon Motolyanets


Graduate of the PRO ARTE Foundation's School for Young Artists (2012).

In 2009 he graduated from the Saint Petersburg Stieglitz State Academy of Art and Design specializing in monumental and decorative painting.

Together with Dmitry Petukhov Semyon Motolyanets founded the Mylo (‘Soap’) art group, which leveraged the aesthetic potential of the laundry soap pieces. Member of the Nepokorenniye 17 (‘Unconquered’) open studio, as well as the PARAZIT art group (since 2007).While continuing to work with soap, Motolyanets creates objects with different materials from granite to plywood, and is active in installation and performance art .

Participant of the 1st Ural Industrial Biennale of Contemporary Art (2010, Yekaterinburg), the 3rd Moscow International Biennale for Young Art (2012, Moscow), the 13th Triennial of Printed Graphics (as part of the Mylo Group, 2013, Finland), the parallel programme for Manifesta 10, the European Biennale of Contemporary Art (2014, St. Petersburg), the 6th Moscow International Biennale of Contemporary Art (2015, Moscow). Winner of the 2019 Innovation Prize in the New Generation nomination (as part of the Mylo group). Laureate of the Sergey Kuryokhin Prize, the French Institute Prize (2018) for the Very Artificial Choice project.

Museum of Hygiene

Ital'yanskaya st., 25, Saint-Petersburg, 191023

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Author: Alexandra Lerman
Museum of Hygiene
When and Where

Museum of Hygiene

Ital'yanskaya st., 25, Saint-Petersburg, 191023

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