Roman Minin

The escape plan from the Donetsk region, bas, foam board, digital printing, author technique, 3 from 3, diptych, 120 x 87 cm, 2014

The escape plan from the Donetsk region, bas, foam board, digital printing, author technique, 3 from 3, diptych, 120 x 87 cm, 2014

The metaphor of escape in Minin’s works should be treated widely – not just as an escape from one place to another in search for a better life but also as a symbol of impossibility to escape oneself. Minin’s works with their monumental manner, signature laconic images, and emphasized decorativeness are associated with Assyrian reliefs, Classical frescoes, and Byzantium mosaics, but most of all with Ancient Rus church paintings and Orthodox folk icons. As a result of such alloy of meanings and artistic techniques, the image of Minin’s miner is truly synthetic, even universal. This is not just an image of an honest grinder, a working-class representative, but an image of a warrior sacrificing himself for the sake of the others’ welfare. The plan of escape is about its impossibility, as its goal is already in the starting point.