Ilya Kabakov

Ilya Kabakov in The Man Who Never Threw Anything Away (c.1977):

“To deprive ourselves of these paper symbols and testimonies is to deprive ourselves somewhat of our memories. In our memory everything becomes equally valuable and significant. All points of our recollections are tied to one another. They form chains and connections in our memory which ultimately comprise the story of our life. To deprive ourselves of all this means to part with who we were in the past, and in a certain sense, it means to cease to exist.”

 “The whole world, everything which surrounds me here, is to me a boundless dump with no ends, or borders, an inexhaustible diverse sea of garbage. In this refuse of an enormous city one can feel the powerful breathing of it’s entire past. This whole dump is full of twinkling stars, reflections and fragments of culture.”

Emilia and Ilya Kabakov in the studio, 2013. Photo: Jacques De Melo
Emilia and Ilya Kabakov in the studio, 2013. Photo: Jacques De Melo
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