November 18 - 28, 2011
At the exhibition participate works from the collection of Sepherot Foundation (Liechtenstein)
The “Nearby” project is dedicated to the 20-year anniversary of the establishment of the Commonwealth of Independent States, and is a visual exploration that combines traditional art, avant-garde and the most relevant creative practices of artists from 11 member countries of the CIS.Geographical location “nearby”, a common political history for nearly 70 years (in the period of the Soviet Union (from 1922 to 1991), identified the relevance and continuity of many cultural processes in the individual countries of the former Union. Soviet isolation from the global movement and creative quests, formed a closed environment, the well-known apartness.After the collapse of the Soviet Union, the desires of artists became more obvious - on the one hand they wanted to fit into the global artistic context, and on the other hand, to find something in their own national culture that would restore the natural cultural relations, continue as a link between eras, fills a dramatic gap formed over the 70 years of the existence of the Soviet Empire.“Nearby” in this case is simultaneously an extensional concept that describes a parallel, but at the same time very close movement, of artists from different countries and cultures, and refers to the time, or rather to its overcoming. So, for example, Almagul Menlibayeva’s images from the recent Soviet and quite archaic past melt into allegorical scenes on the background of eternal Kazakh desert landscapes, which inspired the artists of the early twentieth century, and among them - Pavel Kuznetsov is represented at the exhibition.For others - Vyacheslav Useinov (Uzbekistan), Nikolay Matsenko, Oleg Tistol (Ukraine) - the direction of artistic experimentation is given by the plastic structure of the traditional ornaments, regularity of repetition: just as the Ukrainian plakhty (woman’s apron) and ryadna (traditional “striped” carpets) had an influence on the formation of a radical avant-garde, the ancient ornament comes back in the field of contemporary culture in the works of Matsenko and Tistol, saturating it with new meanings and immersing into other contexts.For many contemporary artists from the former Soviet countries, an attempt to fix the grim political and social reality and to find a way out of it; to make a breakthrough in the more prosperous space, has become a general subject of a special cultural neighborhood (which again puts them in the “nearby” position). Sometimes, however, the description of the grim reality is painted with sentimental nostalgia (as in the works of Dzhamshed Holikova) for the “common” life - the communal, recognizable to the last detail, way of life.The exhibition project builds subtle connections between the different eras and generations of artists, lets the viewer see a common cultural space, while at the same time insisting on the capability and effective power of art of each country of the former Soviet Union.Artifacts, works of Russian and Ukrainian avant-garde, works of contemporary artists, performed in different media, from traditional (oil on canvas) to the newest, including video installations will be featured at the exhibition.Contemporary artists that will be seen in Paris: Mger Azatyan (Armenia), Said Atabekov (Kazakhstan), Faig Ahmed (Azerbaijan), Leyla Akhundzadeh (Azerbaijan), Linda Gandzhyan (USA), Tarlan Gorchu (Azerbaijan), Sergey Yesayan (Armenia/France), Oksana Zhgirovskaya (Belarus), Francisco Infante (Russia), Alexey Kostroma (Russia/Germany), Andrey Lenkiewicz (Belarus), Sergey Leontiev (Russia), Galim Madanov and Zauresh Terekbay (Kazakhstan), Nikolay Matsenko (Ukraine), Erbosyn Meldibekov (Kazakhstan) , Almagul Menlibaeva (Kazakhstan), Ekaterina Nikonorova (Kazakhstan), Talant Ogobaev (Kyrgyzstan), Gennady Popescu (Moldova), Alexey Rumyantsev (Tajikistan), Valery Ruppel (Kyrgyzstan), Adis Seytaliev (Kyrgyzstan), Oleg Tistol (Ukraine), Leonid Tishkov ( Russian), Vyacheslav (Yura) Useinov (Uzbekistan), Tatyana Fedorova (Moldova), Bahram Khalilov (Azerbaijan), Dzhamshed Holikov (Tajikistan), Anastasia Khoroshilova (Russia/Germany), Arystanbek Shalbaev (Kazakhstan), Sabina Shikhlinskaya (Azerbaijan), Sergey Shutov (Russia), Oleg Yuskko (Belarus).Avant-garde artists: Kazimir Malevich, Ilya Chashnik, Nikolay Suetin, Konstantin Rozhdestvensky, Pavel Kuznetsov, Vasily Yermilov, Victor Ufimtsev.Participating countries: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Ukraine.