Alexei Gordin is one of the artists represented by the Kogo gallery. His paintings, videos and performances tell a humorous story about the bottlenecks and absurdity of society and capitalism in life, mainly through narratives related to the art world.
Alexei Gordin created the video “Introduction to Silence” for his solo exhibition at the Kogo gallery in 2018. The video was filmed in Tallinn City Hall, where the artist gives a speech in front of a non-existent but applauding crowd in front of the monumental tapestry curtain “People’s Life” designed by Estonian artist Enn Põldroos in 1985. The video was made when the artist gave up of drawing speech bubbles in his paintings and started to add text similarly to silent movies. Same in the video, the artist doesn’t speak but the inner speech is subtitled. The artist philosophizes about art, being kind of ironic towards himself.