This amazing installation is a giant replica of a space suit, the garment worn by the first woman in space, the Russian cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova. Mother Earth Sister Moon is the colossal intervention by Joanna Malinowska and Christian Tomaszewski, Polish-born artists based in New York. The duo created the compelling artwork as a fashion and design showcase, reflecting how the future was imagined during the Communist Regimes of the former Soviet Union.

Through architecture, fashion, and cinema, it also explores the inspiration taken from the space program as well as its impact on science fiction in pop-culture and literature in the Eastern Bloc.
The work includes a fashion show of the designs that were inspired by the space program and science fiction from the region, and examines this in contrast to its Western counterpart. The artists look at how this genre was used to spread Marxist propaganda, and then was later used as a tool of anti-government expression. In addition to the magazines, a set of industrial fans circulate occasional random trash throughout the gallery.

The collaborative work was originally commissioned in 2009, and presented at Nottingham Contemporary, accompanied by the music of Japanese composer Masami Tomihisa. It also acted as a homage to Hon-en Katedral – a huge sculpture of a female figure erected by Niki de Saint Phalle and Jean Tinguely at the Moderna Museet in Stockholm in 1966.

Visitors to the space suit replica can walk about inside the sculpture, currently on show at the Zacheta, National Gallery of Art, in Poland. Mother Earth Sister Moon will be on exhibit at the gallery until May 19 as part of The Splendor of Textiles show.

+ Mother Earth Sister Moon

+ Zacheta Gallery

[Via The Fox is Black]