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Juli 2020

In focus: The World of Women – postmodern pop-art by Irina Greciuhina

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Alexandra Zagrebelnaia

In focus: The World of Women – postmodern pop-art by Irina Greciuhina
A talented architect and designer found her way in the contemporary art through creation of the monumental paintings of the women. Bright colored, catchy and ironic, these painting make you wonder about all the peculiar details and their meaning.
Irina was born in Chisinau, Republic of Moldova, where she still lives in works. However, her style is influenced by continuous travelling and attending of International Design and Art events.
Discussing her shift from architecture to painting, Irina says “Architectural background is giving me a lot of ideas and knowledge, that I am transforming into my artworks. I am perceiving a process of the art creation as my personal cult and intimate ritual which gives me a freedom of expression”.

Futurological Congress, 2020

After years of experiments, Irina has found the most interesting subject for her – female architypes. In her works she is wondering how personality and world perception of a woman can be affected by the external factors such as giving birth to a child, building a family or even changing the gender roles. The choice of this topic is stipulated by a continuous self-study, as an artist and as a woman. She is imagining and alternative Universe with women in the center. Irina tells that these female images are recreated from different sources around her, including everyday life, fashion magazines and even internet. In fact, when you look on her paintings, you can have a feeling that you’ve seen these characters somewhere before. Maybe it’s a supermodel or a historical personality? However, often these ladies are a product of manipulations and mixing of different pictures, gestures and face expressions.

The Blue Heaven, 2019

Orbital Station, 2019

Paradoxical Illiusions, 2018

Surrealism and interpretation of dreams, became strong references to the artist, but she is expressing it in a post-modern way, mixing bright colors, catchy poses from the posters, decorative elements and patterns with the typical elements of pop art.
Since 2019 Irina has been actively exhibiting her artworks and participating in international projects. In a short period of time she has managed to participate in the International Biennial of Painting, exhibit her works in Italy, Spain and France and even have her first solo shows.
Using mostly acrylic paint and working on large-scale canvases, recently she has started to experiment with digital art, studying how the new technologies can affect the creative process, giving her new ideas and skills.

Shifting the Schizo-pole or gorgeous product that you can sell, 2018

The infinity is multiplied by reflection, 2018

XY00, 2020

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The Stripe – classics revisited


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The Stripe – classics revisited

Classic men’s clothes can’t be separated from two famous patterns: thinnest pin stripes and weighty chalk stripes. While pinstripes have historically been associated with rather conservative spheres, particularly in banking, finance, and business wardrobes — in the past decade the pin and chalk stripes have risen to a place of prominence in high fashion as well as in the consumer market. And both patterns are winning the market of women’s clothes, too. So, let’s see what all this fuss around the stripe is about!

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Speaking about terms, pinstripe is typically a very narrow stripe, in a variety of colors that is usually spaced anywhere from 3 mm to 1,5 cm apart. A chalk stripe, by means of comparison, is normally found to be a much wider, more irregular looking stripe, spaced much more widely apart due to its greater width and slight asymmetry.

Pin and chalk stripes are now universally acceptable both in formal and informal settings on a variety of textiles. Once only available as a pattern on suits, the pin striping is now commonly found on dress shirts, casual sport shirts, shorts, casual pants, and even T-shirts!

A few stylish examples might be a pair of slick black dress pants with a fine gauge pin stripe worn with a tapered shirt, or even a light grey pair of jean-cut casual cotton pants with a distressed chalk stripe worn with an ivory sweater, vest, or sport shirt. For more mature gents, the pin stripe patterning could be found in a while dress shirt with royal blue striping, or a black evening suit with wide set, stunning white chalk stripes to add an air of sartorial, classic detailing.

Women are also conquered by the subtle charm of the pattern: pin and chalk stripes can be seen on skirts and dresses, blazers and trousers. While you’re free to match items that you feel going well together, note that the best choice would be wearing a single striped garment, in order to avoid a “too-much” flare.

The rules to follow… and to break

Given the fact that almost all garments can be offered in popular stripe patterns, including the suit, blazer, dress shirt, and necktie – it can be somewhat difficult to understand just how many stripes can be worn at once without overdoing it.

The simplest answer is that there really are no rules, merely a few prime suggestions. In some ensembles, a pinstriped suit, shirt, and boldly striped tie look excellent together – though this approach is more hazardous to those men who do not have a keen eye for detail. The most important things to consider when attempting to wear multiple striped items is to ensure that the accent colors complement each other and that the stripes do not appear to be of the same size and spacing.

Normally, the rule applied is one of “two out of three aren’t bad.“

A pinstriped suit, shirt, along with a patterned tie of complementary hue is normally very easy to co-ordinate. Although, certainly, all three items may be striped – this approach is much more difficult to pull off correctly and should be considered only by those who have a great eye for detail or experience in building attractive and visually appealing ensembles.

Pin and chalk stripes can add a great deal of flavour and zest to an otherwise unremarkable look. If you want to explore a more fashion forward and stylistically conscious image, add a few choice selections with these patterns into the wardrobe!

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Art Digest: July 20—26

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Julia Kryshevich

Art Digest: July 13—19

If you are into photography, enjoy traveling and/or have an iPhone, we have some good news for you. Anyway, the news below is good, also for those who prefer attending contemporary ballet and major art exhibitions to taking photos. Well, first things first.

B R E A K I N G   N E W S 

German curator kidnapped in Iraq finally released 

Berlin-born Hella Mewis who is an art curator specializing on young Iraqi art was abducted from the street of Baghdad on Monday. On that day Mewis left office in the downtown to ride her bike home, when two cars pulled up and grabbed the woman. Mercifully, to everyone’s relief, the curator was rescued by the Iraq security forces on Friday and is reported to be in good health at the moment. Hella Mewis has been living in Baghdad for several years and is prominent both for her civic engagement and participation in the Iraqi art scene.

‘I love Iraqi food, I love the Iraqi people. Of course, I have difficulties with the social customs here, but, as a foreigner, I can enjoy my freedom and am not involved. (Hella Mewis in the interview with Iraqi journalist Sary Hussam, January 2020)

Hella Mewis left for the capital of Iraq in 2013, being involved there into a project sponsored by Goethe Institut. According to the German daily Frankfurter Rundschau, she immediately felt at home in Baghdad and decided to stay there for a while. The curator soon founded Tarkib — a collective of young artists, who in their turn created Bait Tarkib center for contemporary art, also headed by Mewis. Coming into contact with modern art might be pretty unusual for the majority of Iraqis, and Hella Mewis undertook that mission. In her curatorial practice she focuses on the status of Baghdad women as well as the freedom of artistic expression and research. 

P H O T O G R A P H Y 

Meet winners of Apple’s 2020 iPhone Photography Awards 

This year the reknown iPhone Photography Awards (IPPAWARDS)

takes place for the 13th time. Thousands of photography lovers from over 140 countries have sent their works for the competition, and here are the winners: Dimpy Bhalotia (Great Britain) received the Grand Prize as the Photographer of the Year for her highly expressive though black-and-white Flying Boys. The work pictures three teenagers jumping into a river (an up-from-below shot). The first place in the leading category was taken by Artyom Baryshau (Belarus) for his dreamy, blue No Walls, the second was Geli Zhao (China), who amazingly captured sheets flying, but preferred to leave his work Untitled. Iraqi Saif Hussain presented a portrait of an old man called Sheikh Of Youth and took the honored third place.

Apart from the Photographer of the Year, the major and most privileged category, IPPAWARDS has also a dozen of other noteworthy nominations, among which are Architecture, Abstract, Children, Landscape, News/Events, People and etc. If you feel like applying next time, all you have to consider is using a photo device by Apple (either an iPhone or an iPad of any model, no matter how new it is). Also your work shouldn’t be published anywhere before, except for personal accounts of social networks. Altering photographs is not allowed, you should also be ready to verify that your work was taken by an Apple device, if required. Find out more on the website of the Awards

Call for entries: LensCulture Journeys 2020

LensCulture is glad to suggest you an alternative to traveling, since the latter is not the safest option so far. Taking part in LensCulture Journeys 2020 might bring you back to some good old days, when tripping was easy and exciting (hopefully, it still will be in the nearest future). Right now you have an opportunity to be exhibited at Paris Photo, in case you win the award. Anyway, all participants will be honored with judging by the world leading experts in photography, such as Jim Casper, LensCulture Editor-in-Chief, or MAGNUM Photographer Carolyn Drake. Needless to say, your journey photo can be anything: from fictional journey to documentary — each genre will find an appropriate category. Further details are available on the LensCulture website. The deadline for submissions is August, 19. 

C O N T E M P O R A R Y  A R T 

First venue for documenta 15 announced 

The former department store Sportarena in Friedrichsplatz (Kassel) will be the first venue of documenta 15, which takes place from June 18 — September 25, 2022. It may also be referred to as ruruHaus, since the artistic direction of the exhibition is run by the Jakarta collective of artists and creatives called ruangrupa, while the word Haus (house) is from German. 5,000 square meters of the ruruHaus will become a meeting point for various communities, artists, and visitors throughout the 100 days of documenta 15. Even the windows of the former department store will be involved into practice (it’s going to be a public space project). 

The concept of documenta 15 has also been announced, and it’s lumbung. The word comes from Indonesian and means a collectively governed rice-barn, where the harvest is kept for the good of the community. Ruangrupa members say, lumbung can act as an effort (alongside so many others) to show that things can be done differently’. The artists admit, they are ‘therefore not suspending lumbung, but accelerating it’. Among the initiatives ruangrupa chose to work with are Zentrum für Kunst und Urbanistik (Berlin, Germany), OFF-Biennale (Budapest, Hungary), Más Arte Más Acción (Nuqui, Choco, Colombia), Jatiwangi art Factory (Jatiwangi, Indonesia), and a few others that go hand-in-hand with lumbung values. 

M O D E R N   D A N C E 

Two premieres by NDT Standby and She Remembers available online 

It took just 3 weeks for the choreographers of Nederland Dans Theater (NDT) Paul Lightfoot and Sol León to create two brand new plays based on the demands of the new reality. Standby by Paul Lightfoot is choreographed to Knudåge Riisagers’ ‘Etudes’ and performs the metaphor of social distancing (only those artists who know each other can interact closely on stage). Sol León has built her piece ‘She remembers’ around the image of a door. According to Sol, ‘a door, and not a window’ helped her ‘express the beauty and the difficulty. The ups and the downs. The front and the back’.

The both premieres took place on July 15. You can enjoy watching ‘Standby’ and ‘She remembers’ online on the NDT website until August 10.  

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In Focus: Uldus Bakhtiozina

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Julia Kryshevich

In Focus: Uldus Bakhtiozina

The child of rebuilding times, the founder of ‘Tatar Baroque’, named one of the strongest women 2014 by BBC… St. Petersburg-born artist Uldus Bakhtiozina has developed a distinctive visual language to talk about Slavic cultural code: through the prism of absurdly bizarre stereotypes, folklore characters, and a touch of romance.

Uldus Bakhtiozina was born to a family of a Tatar father, half-Ukrainian mother, and Jewish step-sister in the Soviet Leningrad (Saint Petersburg, Russia) in 1986. Growing up in the period of Perestroika has formed her candid and open view of things. How else do you explain the artist’s unconventional career path? Having studied public administration for 4 years in her home city, Uldus left for London to study Graphic Design at the renowned Central Saint Martins. 

However, the artist admits, she was brought up by the ‘street’. Doing side jobs and observing the life around, Uldus made sure she knew the direction. She returned to Saint Petersburg after graduation and started her independent artistic practice in the field of fine art photography and filmmaking

I want to learn or feel something when I look at an image – so I try to create the same experience with my my art and my life’. (Uldus Bakhtiozina, from the interview with Aesthetica Magazine, 2014) 

In her works Uldus Bakhtiozina focuses on the representation of Russian culture, drawing inspiration from folklore — legends, myths, and fairytales. Photographs by Uldus are soaked with fantasy and dream, however, it’s the detached ironic approach that makes her works intense and distinguishes the artist’s manner. For instance, in her Conjured Life series (2016) Uldus Bakhtiozina refers to escapism as a power that, though being highly addictive, helps us to live our lives and empowers us to create. 

In another collection called Desperate Romantics the artist discusses some contemporary issues of Russian society, such as gender stereotypes, problem of following one’s aspirations (often against public expectations), through the lens of Pre-Raphaelite aesthetics. Uldus Bakhtiozina admits, she is deeply impacted by the English painting and poetry of the 19th century, along with Iron Man, German language, and pops of color. The artist bravely confronts narrow-minded perceptions with her great sense of humor and advocates for freedom of expression. 

My life in general can be described in one phrase, ‘analytical spontaneity’, I analyze my surroundings and take spontaneous action’. (Uldus Bakhtiozina, from the interview with Vogue Italy, 2015) 

Uldus never digitally manipulates her works — what for, since she is perfectly capable of doing magic herself, with the help of a small, but professional team during many hours of shooting. The artist enjoys acting as a model sometimes (and she’s really great in it), however, she isn’t fond of using instagram as a tool of promotion. According to her, an old school method of portfolio review might work the best for the aspiring photographers. 

In 2014 Uldus became the first Russian speaker in the history of TED and took part in the BBC 100 Women project. Two years later she was proclaimed a Senior TED fellow. The artist collaborates with such fashion editions, as Vogue Italy, Aesthetica Magazine, Worbz, Chaeg Magazine, C-41 Magazine. The Best Young Fashion Photographer according to Vogue Italy (Photo Vogue 2016) and the finalist of Laguna Art Prize (2017), Uldus Bakhtiozina currently lives and works in Saint-Petersburg. She is represented by Anna Nova Gallery

‘Be brave, be ironic — it helps. Be funny and create some magic’. (Uldus Bakhtiozina, from the TED Talk 2016)

Uldus Bakhtiozina’s website:
Her instagram @uldusss