26.04.2018 – 13.05.2018, Manege (Sankt-Petersburg)
MANEGE CENTRAL EXHIBITION HALL — TRIUMPH GALLERY
Exhibition project OTHER SHORES
Artists: A.D.E.D.,AES+F, Anatoly Akue, Gyungsu An, Aleksey Beliayev-Guintovt, Andrey Berger, Aleksander Brodsky, Dmitry Bulnygin, Xooang Choi, CrocodilePOWER, Vladimir Dubosarsky and Aleksander Vinogradov, Vladislav Efimov, Dmitry Gretsky, Dmitry Gutov, Min Jung Yeon, Yun Kyung Jeong, Nikolay Koshelev, Maksim Ksuta, Anton Kuznetsov, Si Lo, Misha Most, Aleksander Morozov, Ivan Ninety, Nootk, Nikolay Onishchenko, Pavel Otdelnov, Egor Plotnikov, Slava Ptrk, Recycle Group, Aleksey Vasilyev, Dmitry Venkov, Aleksandra Vertinskaya, Issy Wood, Aleksander Yakut, Keito Yamaguchi, Kostya Zmogk.
#ATTRACTION exhibition projects are brought to you by Manege Central Exhibition Hall together with Russia’ leading cultural institutions. The project’s mission is to help the local audience learn more about works by Russian and international artists, as well as interdisciplinary curatorial exhibition projects outside of St. Petersburg.
Triumph Gallery (Moscow) will present its key artists at the Other Shores exhibition in Manege. This project reviews opportunities to keep and pass on experience and knowledge through personal notes, maps and routes. The exhibition is based on the idea of a psychogeographic drifting or studying urban environment through one’s aesthetic and emotional experience (the term was introduced by Guy Debord). In their works, the artists conceptualize the changes in today’s world. The reality they recreate in installations, videos, paintings and sculpture becomes a true mosaic of observations, collective memory fragments and fantasies of a potential future.
The name of the exhibition alludes to a number of cultural narratives. One of them is Vladimir Nabokov’s autobiography that takes us back to certain episodes of his childhood and adolescence, as well as his relocation from one continent to another.
Another important connection is the rivers of Moscow and St. Petersburg. Unlike the latter one, Moscow’s positioning doesn’t seem to be that crucial riverwise. Besides, for St. Petersburg Moscow is indeed ‘the other shore’, culturally, politically and socially.
Another allusion is an attempt to take a look at social reality we’re so used to from another shore. Most of the works present a take on the urban environment from an unorthodox level, as well as fantasies of its transformation.
While works by Alexander Vinogradov document a geographic relocation from one capital to the other, pieces by Pavel Otdelnov, Gyungsu An and Alexander Yakut present borderline urban environments, such as outskirts, wastelands and roads. A significant number of works are dedicated to various aspects of public and private spaces, like the Windows installation created by street artists. This installation contains pieces by Alexander Brodsky, an artist and an architect, who adjusts the space through personal design, instead of the public one.
Other artists also focus on the internal side of the borderline between the public and the private. Thus, Nikolay Onishchenko and Keito Yamaguchi observe big cities’ life and review collective personality in the shape of protest or a crowd. For Courage, a total painting installation by Vinogradov and Dubosarsky, interprets Victory related memories, which is one of the greatest sources for today’s collective memory in Russia.
Members of Recycle Group examine today’s world through archeology. They show that it’s not the individual, but the technology that becomes the individual memory nowadays. As a result, personality is taken hostage by technology, paranoia and potential disasters related to information and data. It’s a projection of the future world that already seems so real now.