System Failure

Project Presentation:

Katya Grokhovsky: System Failure
February 14 - April 10, 2018
Martin Art Gallery
Baker Center for the Arts

Muhlenberg College
Allentown, PA
Exhibition Catalogue
Exhibition Essay

"System Failure" is a solo exhibition which explores the complexities of failing patriarchal regime through immersive site-specific sculptural installation, video and performance. The exhibition investigates power and labor hierarchies that are the result of systemic oppression, greed and overconsumption. Against a backdrop of post-industrial debris, the invisible, absurd, grotesque and difficult aspects of contemporary female experience are explored.  System Failure acts as a lens that examines social norms through the politics of protest, whilst employing analysis, experimentation and exposure. Exploring the daily battlefields of domesticity, relationships, desire, anxiety, ambition and failure in the capitalist society, the exhibition offers a deconditioned and decolonized vision, through a feminist perspective.

The Morning Call

System Failure, 2018, mixed media, photos: Paul Pearson and Walter Wlodarczyk

Caretaker (System Failure), 2018, 16 mins

System Failure, performance, 2018, photos: Walter Wlodarczyk

System Failure, performance, 2018, photos Tom Amico for Muhlenberg College