UNITY AT THE CORE AND CORE AS IN CORE COUNTRY, 2017
@ abandoned bank site NII x Alpbau, Moscow, Russia.
This exhibition was some type of massive realisation of my dream of bringing art and artists that I loved to my home town. I explored my favourite topics: human connection and intimacy, technology (blockchain and ethereum, DeFi), gender identity and lgbtqna+ rights, idea of safe space, migration, dance as revolution, geopolitical and economical issues, personal/public and matter of touch.
I had works by artists from very different status levels. Few works were created as reaction to artistic practice and power discourses in different scenes/countries/cities.
I was happy to show video work in 4k by Simon Denny that was focused on DeFi and "On Chain" solutions. Easy to show, easy to transport. Video work was part of his project for Berlin Biennial 9 that included full body size hardshape of Vitalik Buterin and about 2 meter high ETH logo. lol.
Second video was by Austrian artist Philipp Timischil who filmed himself walking around Viennese neighbourhood lip-syncing in Drag.
Both works irritated and inspired Alexander Obrazumov, Russian artist from Vidnoe. He made huge white neon lettering "white male art" and covered one side of the painting with rainbow flag. As post soviet and literally post war reflection on positive discrimination in "developed countries".
Two artists had correlated practices. They worked in parallel one from Moscow one from Belgrade.
Creating almost looka a like Brutalist armour for every day wear out of recycled post-soviet thrift store treasures.
Huge iPhone selfie taken half naked on the floor with musical instruments by Rosa Randel printed on textile and mounted via chains on the ceiling as bold feminist statment in the middle of the room. Under Rosa on the floor few gaming devices with artificial flowers wrapped around them by artist duo from New Zealand and Norway. Another neon work: tennis ball emoji and sound installation by Antonina Baever under chosen name: Gender Fluid. She explores the enormous pressure to "pass as" some type of fixed gender and looking for freedom and space without the everyday oppression of conformity in Mother Russia. Figure of Mother is huge in her work.Exhibition. Works by Artists:
Simon Denny,Daphne Ahlers, Philipp Timischl, Halvor Rønning, Martyn Reynolds, Min Yoon, Ari Sariannidis, Beatrix Curran, Arnold Veber, Evelyn Plaschg, Fabian Leitgeb, Jana Zaharijević, Lilli Thiessen, Rosa Rendl, Ihor Okunev, Buttechno, Shifra Kazhdan, Vika Prokopaviciute, Alexander Obrazumov, Alexei Taruts, Antonina Baever, Artur Lomakin.Live Performances by:
) Art Crime, Ilia Volum, Lonely Boys* Rosa Randel.Live broadcast from Berlin same day same time:
Battle-ax Lonely Boys* Daphne Ahlers.Support program / Education:
Open mic and QA with artists moderated by curator Andrey Parshikov.
Visa and Diplomatic support provided by Austrian Cultural Forum.
Thanks to NII for providing Quality Sound and hosting us.