Exposition "Transformatio. Contemporary Art of Dagestan" automatic translate
с 31 Мая
по 14 Июля
Галерея современного искусства ГМИИ РТ
ул.Карла Маркса, 57
Exposition «Transformatio. Contemporary Art of Dagestan "brings together a narrow circle of relevant artists working in Makhachkala, Moscow and London. These are Magomed Kazhlaev, Aladdin Garunov, Ibragimkhalil Supyanov, Apandi Magomedov, Edward Puterbrot, Taus Makhacheva, Natalia Mali, Murad Khalilov. Their work has developed as a real alternative to official art, it exists in an atmosphere of free competition of artistic ideas, in a lively variety of stylistic styles, when modern world trends are refracted, passing through the prism of national philosophy.
The Latin word in the title of the exhibition means “transformation, transformation”. Transformation - the basis of creativity, a natural process in the development of art as the most important sphere of human activity.
In one way or another, the work of each master is intonationally connected with Dagestan. We are not talking about direct ethnics, but what is called the “genius of the place” manifests itself in different ways in the works of all artists. This may be an appeal to the traditions of the peoples of Dagestan, to decorative and applied arts (motifs of stone and wood carving), landscape, characters, and a special philosophy that distinguishes the people of the republic from other nations. It is not so important whether the artist works in his homeland or turned out to be in another country — the Dagestan “handwriting” is visible in his work.
In the works of the masters, there is a balance between ethnic identity and inner freedom, between aesthetic norms that have been developing for centuries and new demands that have been shaped by the influence of the world culture of the 20th century.
Abstractions of Magomed Kazhlaev (painting), Ibragimkhalil Supyanov (painting, drawing, sculpture), Apandi Magomedov (painting, three-dimensional objects) act as a single block. Their late teacher and philosopher Edward Puterbrot became their spiritual teacher. Each of these masters, with the general restraint and conciseness of the images common to them, has its own unique style. At the same time, the artists feel a spiritual community, as if they speak only it is guided by a secret language with its symbols and signs.
Aladdin Garunov - the experimenter, who turns in his work to the most unexpected materials for painting, uses fragments of carpets and furs, rubber, plastic, etc. His works are monumental. He reflects on the modern world with its globalization, erasing national and religious features. Popular culture that feeds pop art and ethnic tradition are in many ways incompatible. The artist turns to this border, the struggle of opposites, bringing the images to a pure metaphor.
Taus Makhacheva, educated in Moscow and London, is a bright representative not only of Dagestan, but also of world contemporary art, the winner of many international competitions, whose works are acquired by major museums. In his video works and performances, Taus constantly addresses the topic of Dagestan, linking ancient history, culture and modernity.
Natalia Mali lives and works in London. She graduated from the faculty of cinema and modern photography at Yale University, USA. Exhibited since 2000, Natalia gained fame in such areas as staged photography, video art, installation, collage and performance. At the heart of its collective images is a long-term study of the history and culture of its people.
Painting and graphics of Murad Khalilov are distinguished by an incredible expression, and his video art reflects thoughts about the surrounding reality, modern realities and echoes of the past.
Until recently, there was a custom in the mountain villages of Dagestan: when building a new dwelling, the family transferred from the old walls the ancestral pillars that carried the roof of the house. These pillars are decorated with whimsical carvings - solar symbols, ancient signs. In addition to utilitarian purposes, they performed sacred functions, protecting the family from unhappiness. Generic pillars personify the genetic memory and the connection of times. Echoes of old customs, like these tribes, we find in the works of modern Dagestan artists.
In the summer of 2018, the exhibition Transformatio. Modern art of Dagestan "was successfully held in St. Petersburg, in the museum of modern art" Erarta.
The exhibition presents about a hundred works from the collections of the Mardzhani Foundation (Moscow), as well as from the collections of artists - exhibitors.
Project curator: Maria Filatova