Ilya Kabakov: The Man Who Flew into Space from His Apartment

Boris Groys

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Ilya Kabakov's 1988 installation The Man Who Flew into Space from His Apartment presents an isolated dreamer who develops an impossible project - to fly alone in outer space. Having built a makeshift slingshot, the hero apparently catapults through the ceiling of his shabby room and vanishes into space.

For Boris Groys, The Man Who Flew into Space from his Apartment presents an individual appropriation of a collective Soviet project and the official Soviet propaganda connected to it - where cosmic vision and the political project of the communist revolution are seen as indissoluble.

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  • Hardcover 6 x 8 1/2 inches, 62 pp., 23 colour illus., 2006 – Out of Print
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