June 21, 2023
In this first instalment in the series, artist, scholar and Stedelijk research intern Katerina Sidorova takes us along to the Stedelijk depot, where she chances upon the experimental book Fallen Leaves, written by Russian philosopher, literary critic, publicist, and writer Vasily Rozanov between 1913 and 1915.
About the Author
Katerina Sidorova is a visual artist and researcher. She obtained a BFA from both the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague, and Yaroslavl State Pedagogical University, Russia after which she traveled to the Glasgow School of Art for a Master in Fine Arts. Her practice focuses on the absurdity of mankind’s existence through its relationships with death, non-human species, societal hierarchies, necropolitics and performativity as a societal political strategy. She is currently working on a research project at the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, where she is exploring Khardziev’s archive of material relating to avant-garde movements that developed at the start of the 20th century in what are now post-Soviet states.
 While we could argue that it was Leo Tolstoy who first tried to introduce elements of the “stream of consciousness” into his works, it was Vasily Rozanov who perfected it.
List of references
- Gippius, Z. N. Poems; Live Faces. Series: “The Forgotten Book, Moscow, Fiction,” 1991.
- Rozanov, V.V. Apocalypse of Our Time – Sergiev Posad: Type. I. Ivanova, 1917-1918.
- Rozanov, V.V. Fallen Leaves – St. Petersburg: [b. and.], 1913-1915 (Typ. partnership A. S. Suvorin – “New time”).
- Ryzhova, P. Fallen Leaves. Vasily Rozanov. Chaos vs. Space is on the list. Access: https://polka.academy/articles/533
- Sukach, V. G. V. V. Rozanov. Apocalyptic Russian Literature // Novy Mir, 1999. – No. 7.
- Fedotov, G.P. V. Rozanov. Fallen Leaves/Face of Russia. Articles 1918 – 1930. 2nd edition. YMCA-PRESS, Paris, 1988.