Detail of the installation
Views of the installation © Misha Shenbrot

Misha Shenbrot


This mixed-media installation, which takes its name from the root symbol in mathematics and was inspired by Plato's Parable of the Cave, functions like a traditional raree show. Looking through a window, viewers see an animated visual world in which poetic paper collages are brought to life. This is the stage on which a fictive artist's biography is told.

"Our imagination is capable of building bridges - from symbol to symbol, from picture to picture. The strange constructs that appear in the viewer's mind are always relevant to the present (the here and now) and always individual. Refracted through the prism of personal experience, mythological subjects and characters fuse with reflections of ourselves, entering another dimension where we find hardly any distinction between the real and the made-up (Misha Shenbrot in the catalogue for the exhibition "How German is it? 30 Artists' Notion of Home")

Misha Shenbrot was born in Moscow in 1974 and lives and works in Berlin. His website can be viewed at