As featured in Pop-Up on Fantom 06 / Winter 2011
Irina Polin (1971) is a Russian-born, Switzerland-based artist, and the protagonist of this issue’s Pop-Up section. She studied in Moscow at The Arts College Named After the Memory of Year 1905 and the School of Art and Design in Lucerne. She is the recipient of several photography prizes and her work has been widely published and presented in solo and group exhibitions in Europe, Russia and South Africa. My Collection, the series presented here, is a semi-autobiographical project inspired by her migration from Russia to Switzerland. The rediscovery of a box filled with Soviet porcelain figurines, glass objects, postcards, books and ephemera – brought from Moscow and with time, forgotten – prompted the artist’s present day reconstruction of her history. What she constructs is a world of objects, and in these objects, the eternity attached to them, to their emotional invocations and to their survival. There within lies the human element – for all of these things are not only universally recognizable, but charged with a painstaking restoration.