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Throughout his paintings, works on paper, and videos, Kon Trubkovich (b. 1979) employs recollection as his main source material, exploring how personal and collective memories often work at odds with one another and complicate notions of historical truth. Living in the USSR until 1990, Trubkovich combines subconscious references, antiquated technologies, and home video footage to consider how the accuracy of memories as a record of experiences deteriorates and transforms over time. In Ode to Bruce Nauman (2020), he presents a familiar scene from American culture: the stadium shot from a major-league baseball game, as viewed on a television. Capturing the moment in which a rogue bat flies toward the flinching spectators, Trubkovich demonstrates how the screen mediates the viewer’s experience of such an event, diffusing the visceral impact of firsthand encounters. The title of his painting reflects such a concern, as Nauman once compared the stunning power of his own work to being struck directly in the face with a baseball bat.
Photo: Mutaurwa Mapondera