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Something about Power

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L-Gallery   25 february 2007 — 22 march 2007

curators

  • Marina Koldobskaya
  • Maria Korostyleva

project description

The mid-1990s saw a revolution in Russia, though not a political but a technological one. The citizenry, including artists, got possession of the camcorder, the computer and the internet. In addition, many Russian artists of the period gained some operational experience in the press and on television. A marriage of technology and experience seemed a real opportunity to make a difference However, it never happened because there was no way it could ever happen. On the contrary, the zero years became a time of neo-conservatism and depolitisation of Russian society. Adverts superseded propaganda and a glamour cult set in. Today, glossy magazines rather than clever newspapers determine our lifestyle. This is a rather uncomfortable kind of existence for the Russian artist. However, their disappointment in politics did not release people from the habit of talking about life and art in terms of power; more likely, it broadened the range of questions. The focus of attention today is not politics but the rubs and worries of life: the power of seniors over juniors, the loved over the loving one, the boss over the employee, and vice versa. The power of media images, the power of money, the power of consumer temptations. The power of the body, habit or memory. Some remembered that there is possibly God all around. In the end it is with Him and no-one else that the artist enters into a dialogue.

artists

  • Viktor Alimpiev
  • Viktoria Begalskaya
  • Petr Bely
  • Blue Noses Group (Vyacheslav Mizin and Alexander Shaburov, Kirill Shuvalov)
  • Vladimir Bustrov
  • Dmitry Vilensky
  • Gluklya (Natalia Pershina-Yakimanskaya)
  • Pavel Dubov
  • Vladislav Efimov and Aristarkh Chernyshev
  • Anna Ermolaeva
  • Found Clothes Factory Group (Natalia Pershina-Yakimanskaya (Gluklya) and
  • Olga Egorova (Tsaplya))
  • Yasha Kazhdan
  • Elena Kovylina
  • Oleg Kulik
  • Anton Litvin
  • Natalia Mali and PMP Group
  • Vitaly Pushnitsky
  • Radex Group
  • Giya Rigvava
  • ZERGUP Group (Evgeny Goltsov, Vladimir Seleznev, Ivan Snigirev and Stanislav Cherva)

organiser

  • National Centre for Contemporary Art, St. Petersburg




A full-length article about the project will be in the catalogue of the 2nd Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art which is coming out on the 1st March.










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