Vladimir Migachev. Internal migration Automatic translate
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The new exhibition of the famous Krasnodar artist Vladimir Migachev in the ARTSTORY gallery is called “Internal Migration” (January 25 - March 18, 2018). Her landscape paintings, written in the last 2 years. The artist has come a long way during this time - both from the geographical point of view: he has traveled to 6 regions of Central Russia - and from the point of view of creative evolution, having accomplished a kind of “internal migration”, plunged into the culture of “natural tracts” (as indicated on modern topographic maps places of disappeared villages and farms), the culture of a disappearing Russian village.
The exhibition “Internal Migration” is a multidimensional, complex, recognizable landscape. This is the author’s painting technique, which includes the use of ash, quartz sand, coal, clay, Kuzbasslak and often even ordinary black earth: for the artist it is very important that the paint turns not only into color and light, but also into texture, into matter, into flesh. And these are the questions that the artist asks, leaving in this important dialogue with the viewer, the right to answer or not to answer, independently understanding the meanings embedded by the author.
One of the main questions: how is the rural landscape changing - the main object of attention of the artist?
The country is becoming completely different. The landscape that surrounds us is also changing rapidly. Many problems, including social ones, are expressed in the landscape, through the space in which we exist. At the exhibition “Internal Migration”, for example, three works with the same name “Natural boundary” will be presented. With a low horizon and a big sky; there is nothing more, emptiness; and glued bandages in those places - “like on scars,” the artist says, - where there were once buildings. Migachev recalls: “Last year, in the spring, in the rain, I went to the Sredny Zelenchuk river… There is a family from the cemetery. They tell me that they used to live here. They left, because - children, education, it was necessary to the city. Then they are asked to photograph them against the background of the farm. But there is no farm, that is, I had to photograph against the background of the void. As a background - just a background and no root system. Hence all the "Ivana-not-remembering-kinship." All this is put off in the space of the landscape. But it is also very important for me to have a personal experience about this. Maybe - this is internal migration, my personal, in addition to the whole social background ”.
The problem of internal migration, the gradual disappearance of the rural population in Russia, the outcome, forced the artist to travel to these former villages and villages. According to him, “scarring” is what remains of the landscape due to this same internal migration. Over the past two years, Migachev "surveyed" 6 regions of central Russia - Rostov, Voronezh, Lipetsk, Tula, Kaluga and Oryol. He cites such data: by 1979, about 60% of villages disappeared in the country. From 750 thousand their number has decreased to 177. And now this number has decreased by another 23 thousand. It is said that by 2025 approximately 96% of rural settlements will disappear.
Once, in the 1980s, the artist read this statement by the famous geographer Vladimir Kagansky: "The Russian landscape is incredibly unreasonable, it exists separately from a person and often in spite of him." Migachev agrees with this, but in each of his work you can see a bright spot, because “there must be hope. This may not be a prospect, but a question should arise. At a minimum, what is happening and where should we move? ”
Vladimir MIGACHEV was born in 1959 in a village in the Oryol region. After graduating from the art and graphic department of the Kuban State University, he stayed to live in Krasnodar. In the mid-80s, he worked in the style of classical realism. Then there was a period of fascination with abstraction, which ended in the late 90s, after three years of painting the Orthodox church in Krasnodar. In the genre of landscape painting, Migachev has become a recognized master of contemporary art, or rather, “contemporary art,” which is what he prefers. Personal and group expositions of Migachev’s works are regularly held in Russia and abroad. The artist’s works are well known in the Russian art scene, and are also increasingly in demand outside of Russia.