Mikhail Roshnyak

The Messages
of the Alans

Site: Table Mountain

I see the city, its streets, squares, embankments, as a book in which there should be no voids or lost places. All lacunas, spaces and surfaces of the city are intended to be placed on them, in them, some specific visual messages in the form of fragments of various ornaments that live not only in the subconscious of the ethnic group, but also in patterns that beautify a folk costume, objects of arts-and-crafts of the peoples inhabiting these lands since ancient times. The street art project "The Message of the Alans" for Vladikavkaz is to saturate the corners of the city with fragments of Ossetian ornament, that is, not with alien and random graphic forms, but with those that are close to every person living in the territory of Ossetia.

Graphic symbols have their own history dating back to the Scythian-Sarmatian nomadic culture. The works will be realized either in the form of graffiti or large-format printings, and placed in the urban environment in the form of objects (banners) or sculptures. The objects presented here are a sketch proposal and are not finalized – this is just an idea. I see the entire period of preparation for the project implementation as a kind of cycle of performances and artistic actions. Each site and point will be documented. Upon completion of the project, the organizers will be given a kind of a diary in the form of a book layout, in which I will record all the stages of this project. These materials can be presented in the form of an exhibition project that will be of interest not only to the city residents, but to the guests of Vladikavkaz as well.

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