Space52 presents the first solo exhibition of works by Sasha Streshna entitled HELLO! curated by Ilias Papailiakis.
The exhibition is comprised of oil paintings of various sizes, which reference popular first-person shooter video games and simulations of military combat. The painter composes unreal battlefields with fighters, preys, hunters and weapons.
In artist’s own words: HELLO! is a friendly word that incorporates the word hell. It is a contemporary historical painting project that revolves around modern wars administration mechanisms. I am interested in the pervasive sense of unreality and crisis orchestration, and the fact that both those located in the heart of war as well as the outsiders, look into a screen in order to find out what is happening.
Paintings by Sasha Streshna are rich in shades. She uses colour as a primary expressive tool in order to render the intensity, and her body of work reflects contemporary concerns of colour spectrum complexity in painting. Sasha Streshna’s painting practice is idiomatic, inward-looking, soft-spoken and rich with signs of today and the new tomorrow.
Alexandra/Sasha Streshna was born in 1987 in Lviv, Soviet Ukraine, and since 1999 lives in Athens. She is Athens School of Fine Arts graduate (2011) and has obtained a master’s degree in fine art from Central Saint Martins, London (2014).