The Girl from the Urals


Video documentary of the performance, 9'06''

In the video, I am sitting at the table. There is a huge bowl of Russian dumplings - a very popular dish in the Russian mountain region of the Urals - in front of me. I start eating the dumplings while singing an old Russian folk song – "My mother wanted to marry me off." There are obviously too many dumplings for me, but I am supposed to eat them all. It is really difficult to eat and sing at the same time, so it doesn't look attractive.

Uniting all in one and having as much as possible underlies a genuine Russian character which causes astonishment and compassion. The song (repeated three times) is endless and the dumplings are endless, and pain (because the girl cannot marry her love) is endless too.