The opening of the annual project "Actual Russia", organized by the Creative Union of Russian Artists and the Foundation for the Development of Contemporary Art, was held in the exhibition hall of Media Center. In 2020, Zaryadye Park became the venue for the main trends of contemporary art. The project is dedicated to the art of memory.
The director of Zaryadye park Ivan Demidov and the president of the Creative Union of Artists of Russia Konstantin Khudyakov gave a speech at the opening ceremony.
Actual Russia exhibition is a “selfie of the year” made by contemporary artists. Another general portrait of our life, created by the curators of the project. Does it reflect the mood of the country and people? Yes! Does it pretend to be a monopoly in this reflection? Of course not. But we hope that people find it interesting and important to keep this artistic expression in their memory,” said Ivan Demidov.
“This is a large and serious project, which is designed for more than a dozen years. The first exhibitions were not appreciated, there was a lot of negative criticism, but the organizers and curators adequately cope with difficulties. I would say that this project takes into account all aspects of our complex artistic life,” said Konstantin Khudyakov, president of the Creative Union of Artists of Russia.
The project “Actual Russia: the Art of Memory” connected works of 50 Russian artists representing various art movements and schools in a single immersive environment. According to the curator of the exhibition Arseny Steiner, everyone will find something in the exhibition.
“The exhibition that we offer is a kind of concentrate of actual Russia, a small piece of which each of us has experienced by now,” said Arseny Steiner.
The exhibition includes works by Valera and Natasha Cherkashin, whose works can be found in major museums and private collections around the world. At Zaryadye exhibition, one can see their work “Transmedia Painting” and “Shimmering Memory” installation, which was created right in the exhibition hall during the preparation of the exposition. Mirror film and color filters create complex reflections on the walls, on the floor and ceiling — as a metaphor of how human memory works, storing and transforming fragments of memories.
“How do artists work? Thanks to these scintillations, and not the facts, therefore the memory is ambiguous. It processes the information that it receives. Especially with regard to color. Color affects memory very much,” said artist Valera Cherkashin.
The exhibition comprises the works by Roman Casus — “Dead Star Surrounded by the Sun” and “Basic Features and the Structure of the Middle Class”, the last one took fourth place in online Awarf the American Art Awards in the “Political Commentary” category. The painting was created on the basis of images borrowed from the media. Roman Kazus works in the field of graphic and interactive design, collaborates with Artemy Lebedev Studio, Red Keds, Pichesky and others.
The work of Alexandra Weld Queen artist is metal nets, empty and filled with food, medicine, garbage, clothes and other items.
“20x20 is the experience that we took with us from the 20th century to 2020. This is the content that everyone carries in life. Some people carry certain items, while some carry nothing,” said Weld Queen.
For the first time in Moscow, guests can see a new version of Turandot play by AES+F project. In January 2019, the premiere of the opera by Giacomo Puccini took place in Palermo, in which the artists Tatyana Arzamasova, Lev Evzovich, Evgeny Svyatsky, Vladimir Fridkes were involved as stage designers and co-authors together with the director Fabio Cherstich. The action of the opera takes place against the multi-screen video background. The multimedia part of the exhibition introduces a record of the performance made at Teatro Comunale Di Bologna in Italy.
As part of the exhibition, a series of workshops with artists, curator and mediator excursions and a discussion will be held. Thus, Valery and Natalia Cherkashin will talk about new media and the development of action art, Alexander Zakharov — about working with young artists and succession of generations in Russia, Vadim Murin will share his experience in organizing a school of contemporary art in the southern region of Russia, and Alexandra Weld Queen will talk about unusual for a woman profession of sculptor and “iron” in the art.
The exhibition is open until April 15, 2020. All the events in the frames of the program are free.
The project “Actual Russia: the Art of memory” is implemented with a grant from the President of the Russian Federation for the development of civil society provided by the Presidential Grants Fund.