Un/recyclable is a comment on the ambiguous nature of green rhetoric. Turning his attention to the three pillars of ecological mindfulness—the three Rs of Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle—Obrazumov shows how a message can change depending on the perspective. On their way to the Museum, visitors see a sign in the distance that reads “recyclable,” but as they approach the entrance the prefix “un” appears, changing the meaning of the word to its opposite. In the traditional of institutional critique, this message can be read as a comment on the Museum’s own green policy, but the artist is interested in the broader context.
— Ekaterina Lazareva
Created with the support of Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow, for the exhibition The Coming World: Ecology as the New Politics 2030–2100