'HERE on Taganka' Gallery run by the Association 'Exhibition Halls of Moscow' launches the ArtTube Informational Portal’s exhibition called ‘Reconciliation Here!’ and presented as a result Project based on the research and artistic interpretation of the Russian Civil War events that happened between 1917 and 1922. The exhibition is held within the parallel program of the 7th Moscow International Biennale of Contemporary Art.
The 'Reconciliation' Project is an attempt of an artistic interpretation of the Civil War events, of the marks and ruins left throughout history on the landscape of memory or in national and ethnic consciousness. The contradictions that originally laid the basis for the following conflicts, such as social, economic and political inequality as well as the acute need for change or the instability of political positions, - all of these remain relevant nowadays too.
One of the central artwork objects of the Project is 'The Lotus' created by Irina Korina that exhibits a shelter tent covered with a paper awning. There is only weed, nameless graves or impersonal monuments left in place of yesterday’s victories feats and defeats. The chaos caused by many trees growing out of the paper chapel breaks the delicate boundaries, the universe foundations of a person living inside, who finally becomes broken too, demonstrating the meaningless and groundlessness of war.
By means of his artwork 'The Hero' Misha Most challenges the processes of memory construction. Time is good in blurring the notion of a true feat and of those who were actual heroes of the Civil War. Therefore the artist uses impersonal ready-made material for creating an ideological monument and constructs instead of sharing another pompous legend that would commonly shroud a military memorial.
'The Wound' of Tatyana Akhmetgaliyeva expresses pain and vulnerability of a single man and the folk. The scars, the injections, the cracks and the stitches spreading over the human body, spreading throughout history or covering a state - on the one hand these can be seen as the physical evidence of the historical evolution, on the other as the marks, which are hiding secret and shocking memories of the past.
A matryoshka doll made of military shells and presented by Irina Petrakova as her 'Dolly' installation tells about the nature of war that is only capable of endless producing of its own similarity.
Alisa Yoffe presents her wall paintings under the name of 'The Battle Scene', which fill the gallery space just like these shadows of the past hanging over the audience and reminding of the chaos and insanity that society used to and still does live in.
'Geopolitics' by Julia Kazas is a metaphorical representation of war and violence expansion process, which entails the destruction of once-developing states and cultures. She creates her artwork by observing the opposition between two mold types progressing in compote cans: both types of mold are competing in growth until they finally occupy the whole can space. One colony seeks to suppress the other or to achieve a symbiosis so that several alternative conflict scenarios might develop simultaneously.
By means of 'The Model for Assembly' installation Alexander Ugay analyzes the facts related to the history of the Central Asian Korean diaspora presented in a form of schematic drawings and diagrams that appear as an image of collective and rambling human memory. A few voices overlapping each other deconstruct the historical idea of the linearity by substituting it with a mental map that always exists as a multiplicity.
Ludmila Baronina, the artist behind 'The News from Nowhere' Project, creates a model of a new human being, who is aimed to become the third force in the society that is already split by political, ideological or economic conflicts. The artist offers an alternative settlement model that first of all values the human mind, the consciousness, the collectivity and the need to build a better world with no authority power and no war as a way of solving problems.
Tina Vasyanina creates 'The Folk Store' Project to criticize the economic background of the social conflict and to propose a fundamentally new model for benefits’ distribution. The audience is invited to participate in a cooperative production process, i.e. to sew long-lasting eco-friendly bags that would replace regular 'consumer bags' and offer free exchange as an alternative to the capitalist model suggesting to 'take away and divide between'.
The Underground Printing House Project seen as the tool for creation and distribution of the interaction and cooperation ideas as a counterbalance to individualism and endless fight. The Underground Printing House was created by the Krasnodar association of artists who trailed the expedition to the city of Kropotkin named after the author behind the 'moral anarchy'concept. The artworks, such as flyers and posters, are aimed to share the ideas of autonomy and equality as well as to tell the audience about the basic principles of Kropotkin’s 'moral anarchy'. Thus, the artists are calling for independent education and self-creation of history.
Anton Akimov and Ilya Pilipenko went for the expedition on the path of Ice Way and created visual diaries in search for the memory of the war.
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«Reconciliation Here» Exhibition Participants:
Lyudmila Baronina, The Underground Printing House Association (Stepan Subbotin, Vasily Subbotin, Veronika Zlobina, Evgeny Rymkevich, Sergey Matushkin, Shamil Akhmed), Tatyana Akhmetgaliyeva, Tina Vasyanina, Misha Most, Alisa Yoffe, Julia Kazas, Irina Petrakova, Irina Korina, Alexander Ugay, Ilya Pilipenko, Anton Akimov.
Project Curator: Julia Grachikova
Project Scientific Consultant: Grigory Mangutov
Project Director: Anna Zykina
Project Coordinator: Maria Shcherbakova
Project Architect: Anastasia Potemkina
The Project created owing to The ArtTube Portal’s support