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Art Digest: July 13—19

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Art Digest: July 13—19

While some try to save the world with art, others give away art to save themselves. Sometimes it’s useful to think of the needs of near yours (fellow sufferers do count) as did White Cube recently. Sports Illustrated (SI) has surprised its readers with a cover of the new Swimsuit Issue. It’s definitely a precedent in the 56-year history of the magazine. And that’s aside from the new performance piece by Marina Abramović Institute, which is also a sensation. Let’s start off with Art Digest for this week!

Trans model Valentina Sampaio to appear on the cover of Swimsuit Issue (SI) 

The Brazilian-born model Valentina Sampaio is trans, and she will grace the pages of the special edition of Sports Illustrated (SI) called Swimsuit issue. The new print issue comes out on July 21 with gorgeous Sampaio on cover. Swimsuit issue exists for 56 years, never before has the magazine featured transgender people.

As for the model, she has already collaborated with Vogue Paris and Victoria’s Secret and, according to her, got used to overcoming difficulties both in life and in the modeling world. Having grown up in the north of Brazil, Valentina claims her country (which she finds beautiful) hosts the highest number of violent crimes against the trans community globally. However, now the model feels grateful to SI for such a groundbreaking opportunity. 

‘Being trans usually means facing closed doors to peoples’ hearts and minds.
<…> I’m excited and honored to be part of this’
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(Valentina Sampaio)

Swimsuit issue has been published annually since 1964. A special edition of Sports Illustrated, which is one of the most famous American sports media, Swimsuit issue is quite autonomous in the sense that it has its own television shows, videos, and calendars. Usually released around February, each print issue features beautiful women in bikinis on its cover and in the inset. Over the years, such female fashion models, as Tyra Banks, Heidi Klum, Elle Macpherson, and Daniela Pestova have graced the edition, among with some famous non-models — athletes and celebrities. There is some evidence that Swimsuit issue gives a perfect start for the career of a supermodel. 

New public intervention by Banksy features rats in London Underground 

British street artist Banksy is famous for his public interventions, often thought-provoking and topically relevant. Take his latest artwork at Southampton hospital, which we covered in the previous Art Digest. This time the artist went down to the London Underground disguised as a cleaner to stencil rats across the trains. Some of the creatures are pictured sneezing, while others ‘spray’ the interior of the subway car with a disinfectant. To conduct the intervention successfully, Banksy asked the passengers to move away and give him space for work. What’s the message? The artist seeks to remind people of the importance of wearing face masks during COVID-19. The entire process of the artistic intervention was caught on camera. You can find the video under the title ‘If You Don’t Mask, You Don’t Get’ on the artist’s Instagram (and enjoy the 1997 song ‘Tubthumping’ by Chumbawamba at the backdrop).

UPD. It was revealed on July 15 that actual London Underground cleaners have removed Banksy’s artwork due to the‘strict anti-graffiti policy’ of the institution. This decision has evoked various reactions of the public: while some people accuse the subway workers of callousness, others claim Banksy could have found a better place for his intervention. Anyway, all we have now is the video mentioned above, which serves as a documentation for the artist’s practice. 

Mentee of Marina Abramović Miles Greenberg to undertake a 24-hour performance 

The 23-year-old artist Miles Greenberg enjoys undertaking physically challenging, enduring performances, however, this time it was something special. Supported by the Marina Abramović Institute (MAI), the artist presented his ‘OYSTERKNIFE’ performance, in which he was walking atop a conveyor belt inside the empty Montreal’s Centre Phi for 24 hours uninterruptedly. The performance took place from 4 pm July 16 to 4 pm July 17 and was streamed through the MAI website. The title of the work alludes to the 1928 essay ‘How It Feels To Be Colored Me’ by Zora Neale-Hurston, who was a famous American author and filmmaker, covering the topics of the African-American experience, gender, and racial struggles. In the essay Neale-Hurston says, she doesn’t ‘weep at the world. <…> I’m too busy sharpening my oyster knife’.

‘I’m just trying to slow everything down to a fraction of the speed’. (Miles Greenberg) 

Miles Greenberg was 13, when he saw the work by Marina Abramović ‘The Artist Is Present’. Three years later he got to know ‘the grandma of performance art’ personally, which certainly shaped his future career. Heaving left formal education, Greenberg immersed into independent research projects, focusing on the Black body, it’s identity and trauma. Today he is a performance artist, a curator, and a theoretician based in NY. In early February 2020, just before the COVID-19 outbreak, Miles Greenberg undertook a 6-hour performance at Perrotin New York, in which he succumbed to the impulses of his body.

White Cube Gallery supports recent London art graduates online 

20 graduates were selected from the London most prestigious art schools to join the ‘Tomorrow: London’ series of exhibitions organized by White Cube. Since many art projects were either abandoned or postponed this year, the prominent London gallery decided to give a chance to emerging artists, so they could make a statement. Each week of July you can see works by 5 artists displayed at the gallery (also available online), which will culminate with a group show in the middle of August. That’s how White Cube seeks to support the younger generation of artists in interesting times, who may well be the future of the art world.

‘It has been inspiring to engage with this new generation — 20 singular voices collectively tackling some of the most urgent issues of our times’. (Jay Jopling, White Cube founder & owner)

British Airways to auction off £1.2 million painting by Bridget Riley

Until recently the airline has possessed a multimillion-pound art collection, some of which goes on sale on July 28. British Airways suffered big losses due to COVID-19 crisis and hopes to cope with it through auctioning off a total of 17 pieces at Sotheby’s. Among the lots are paintings, prints, and works on paper by such artists as Damien Hirst and Peter Doig. The famous stripe painting ‘Cool Edge’ (1982) by the pioneer of op art Bridget Riley will also go under the hammer. Riley is believed to have produced the work inspired by her trip to Egypt. The estimated value of the painting is £1,2 million. Such high profit expectations from the airline can be well understood: the art collection has significantly grown in value since its inception in 1996.

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3 world – famous self-taught photographers

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3 world-famous self-taught photographers

In this article we are happy to introduce you to the three world-famous self-taught photographers –Koto Bolofo, Vivian Maier, Lillian Bassman . On their example it can be proven that there is no boundaries on the direct path of doing what you love to do, and sooner or later your talent will see the world!

Koto Bolofo

Koto Bolofo was born in South Africa in 1959 and grew up in England. Despite having no formal education in photography, he moved up quickly in the industry and has become internationally renowned for his work. In 1980 he independently studied the basics of photography and by chance initiated active shooting and cooperation with such prominent magazines as GQ, Vogue and Vanity Fair. 

Koto Bolofo’s most celebrated and long standing work is with the French haute couture house Hermes (at the personal invitation of its president Jean-Louis Dumas) regarding the documentation of the house’s interior work. During this period, Koto Bolofo also published several famous books: Vroom! Vroom!, La Maison, Horse Power, Grand Complication.

Notwithstanding the lack of formal photography education and the use of only basic adjustments, based on natural light and an antique lm camera, Koto Bolofo’s pictures are intimate but full of texture and coloration, and according to his own words have captured „raw luxury“ which is exceptional for himself. Bolofo has a rather romantic vision of photography and aspires to „capture from within a timeless point“ through his lens. To gain a closer link to his models, he visits them all before starting filming so that they can „grow up like friends“.

„You have to love people and understand them,“ Bolofo tells you.. It became his ambition to lay the foundation of man, and through the seat to open up his personal joy.

Vivian Maier

American photographer, who was working in the field of street photography. She was unknown during her lifetime as a photographer, and her photo archive was found accidentally at a sale.

Vivian Mayer’s work was a genuine opening to photographic light. Working as a governess and nanny in American families, Vivian devoted all her free time to photography.
Sometime in 1949, while being still in France, Maier began making her first photographs with a modest Kodak Brownie– an amateur camera with only one shutter speed, no focus control, and no aperture dial. In 1951, she returned from France alone and purchased a Rolleiflex camera the following year. In 1956, she moved to the North Shore suburbs of Chicago, where a family employed her as a nanny for their three boys. She enjoyed the luxury of a darkroom as well as a private bathroom, enabling her to process prints and develop her own rolls of black and white film. As the children entered adulthood, Maier had to seek other employment, forcing her to abandon developing her own film. Moving from family to family thereafter, her rolls of undeveloped, unprinted work began to collect.She never printed her work, and she never even showed most of the films, but she carefully preserved the footage.
After his death, the property of the author was put up for auction – so many years of work Meyer fell into the hands of the historian John Maluf, who, realizing the value of the material came to him, dedicated his life to promote the name of Meyer and her work.

“Well, I suppose nothing is meant to last forever. We have to make room for other people. It’s a wheel. You get on, you have to go to the end. And then somebody has the same opportunity to go to the end and so on.” – Vivian Maier

Lillian Bassman

It is not by chance that American photographer Lillian Bassman is called a photo artist. Her works are really at the junction of photography and fine arts. Lillian’s most famous works are made in the genre of abstract expressionism.
The artist’s works have forever entered the golden fund of photo-classics, becoming a perfect illustration of fine taste and overt femininity – so defenseless, devoid of vulgarity and very elegant.

She‘ s a self-taught photographer who, according to her own statement, tried to „get rid of gravity in the picture.“ All of Lillian Bassman’s photographs are in a single, very recognisable style. They are slightly blurred black and white images similar to the paintings. This is why critics unanimously attribute the work of a woman photographer to the style of abstract expressionism, so unusual for modern photography. 

Lilian Bassman was born into a family of Russian immigrants in Brooklyn in 1917. As a young woman she married Paul Himmel, who was also a photographer. With him, by the way, Lillian lived happily married for over seventy years. In her youth, Bassman tried different activities – she worked as a model, posing for such famous artists as Joseph Stella and the Sawyer brothers. She was involved in the design of fabrics. Lillian did not even think about photography. So far in 1939, a young girl has not entered the Preta Institute in Brooklyn. It was there that she later met the famous Alexei Brodovich, who at that time was one of the most influential people in the world of design and fashion photography.

“It was sexually a very different thing when [the models] worked with men. They felt a charge… I caught them when they were relaxed, natural, and I spent a lot of time talking to them about their husbands, their lovers, their babies.”

Lillian Bassman

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10 fancy instagram accounts to follow

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10 fancy instagram accounts to follow

@sheidlina

Ellen Sheidlin is a world-famous Russian model, insta-blogger, artist. Her Instagram is full of extraordinary things and creative works. It seems that she is an alien with big blue eyes and absolutely incredible mind.

@muartive

Doubtlessly, you’ll get stuck in in the creative illustrator Murat Yidirim’s profile. It will  hypnotize you cause author’s vision is truly amazing. His fantastic series of world-famous masterpieces in the new soft and surrealistic way of performance.

@jonnoorlander

Jon Noorlander is a 3D artist and CEO at Method Studios in New York City. His vibrant, strange and frisky designs made him a viral sensation on Instagram. He is working with different textures, materials and forms making them alive and dynamic.

@damien.blottiere

Damien Blottiere is a visual artist, finished the Duperre School of Art in Paris. He carves with cutter bodies or objects; removes and associates, to make from his fetish the main character of his poetry: a surrealist space in which the subject of desire meets the desire of the subject.

@whynlewispaintings

Whyn Lewis is Edinburgh based painter. His works are calm, balanced and soothing.The main character of his paintings is a dog – noble hound.

@spathumpa

Costas Spathis is an architect who has always gazed at the globe through geometry.Traveling around the world, from Hong Kong to the little greek island of Spetses, his images depict the symmetry and balance we, ourselves, cannot yet see, or just haven’t realized is there, looking back at us. His summers are fresh, vibrant and full of life. His seas are beautiful, crisp and frothy.

@casaviolastudio

Violaine Carossino is a set designer and decorator from Paris, created her own platform for vintage decoration. The Instagram itself is a work of art – gentle, soft, fashionable and authentic. You can to only get an aesthetic pleasure looking at it, but also catch some interior ideas for your apartment.

@tammamazzam

Tammam Azzam was born in Damascus, Syria. He started painting at 10 years old and subsequently went on to study Fine Arts at Damascus University specialising in oil painting. While at university he participated in a workshop with renowned German-based artist Marwan Kassab Pashi, who became that was a huge influence on the future direction of his work. Tammam’s recent work employs both painting and collage, riding the barrier between figurative and abstract art.

@alphachanneling

The artist is inspired by Taoism, Iduism, Buddhism and Tantrism, as these ideologies represent sexuality as an expression of the higher realm.

Alfa Channeling’s works are most renowned for their lightness of shapes and ecstatic representation of holistic, erotic images. Primarily by using watercolour and coloured pencil, the artist portrays light immediacy with transient gesticulating figures. Lyrical bodies in Alfa Channeling’s work consist of intricately overlapping, freely flowable signs and lines and refer to ancient tantric drawings.

@mvb

Marie’s profile in Instagram is the quintessence of carefree beauty and simplicity. She is a partner of both independent German brands and global brands from Calvin Klein and Urban Outfitters to Céline and Chanel. You can find new ideas of outfit and get visual pleasure.

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Art Digest: June 29—July 05

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Art Digest: June 29—July 05

To bring freshness to the column, this time we’re going to talk about photography only. Open calls, initiatives, exhibitions — welcome a bird’s-eye view of some inspiring photo events of the week.

Ren Hang Nudes Exhibition at Centro Pecci runs until August 23

The Nudes exhibition (Nudi) by the famous Chinese photographer Ren Hang is the first extensive project to highlight the oeuvre of the artist in Italy. The exhibition comprises more than 90 photographs taken from the international collections as well as poetry and other art objects by Ren Hang. The distinctive feature of Hang’s works is a focus on nudity and aestheticization of the corporeal in its various manifestations. The Nudes exhibition runs from June 04—August 23 at the Luigi Pecci Contemporary Art Center (Prato, Italy).

‘We were born nude…I just photographed things in their more natural conditions’ (Ren Hang)

Chinese photographer and poet Ren Hang (1987—2017) became famous for his provocative approach in the exploration of human nakedness, often in the fusion with nature. Choosing explicit poses and the alike-looking models (slender, white-skinned, dark-haired, with red lipstick and painted nails for women), the artist researches what’s like to be young and free-spirited in China. Though not touching intentionally upon the political subjects, Ren Hang questions, if it’s possible to dispose of one’s own sexuality and identity in the society driven by the collectivist values. Being a gay himself, the artist is familiar with the constant state of confrontation from experience.

Wolfgang Tillmans, Martin Parr, and other photographers to raise money against racism 

Wolfgang Tillmans, Martin Parr, Renell Medrano, and other photographers (around 100 of them) have donated works from their archives to the Anti-Racism Photography Fundraiser platform. The Fundraiser organizers claim that racism is a deep-rooted British issue and see the decision to fight against it as a call both for the creative world, and the world at large. The price of each print is about $125 USD, all works are printed and delivered by the London-based service theprintspace

Money raised from the charitable sales will be distributed between the three anti-racism organizations: The Black Curriculum, Black Minds Matter, and Exist Loudly. The complete list of artists participating as well as the display of their works are available on the platform

2020 Turner Prize announced its winners

Certainly you know the Turner Prize, the UK’s acclaimed award for art, which helped such artists as Grayson Perry, Gilbert & George, and Anish Kapoor to pursue a brilliant career (all of them won the prestigious award in the past). Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year Turner Prize takes place in a new guise. Called the Turner Bursaries, the reward for each winner has comprised $12,300 USD (instead of the typical $31,000 USD). Ten artists have been chosen. 

This year jury is chaired by the Director of Tate Britain, Alex Farquharson. And here are the winners of the 2020 Turner Bursaries: Arika, Liz Johnson Artur, Oreet Ashery, Shawanda Corbett, Jamie Crewe, Sean Edwards, Sidsel Meineche Hansen, Ima-Abasi Okon, Imran Perretta, and Alberta Whittle. Well worth taking a closer look at: these could be the rising stars of the art world.

New East Photo Prize 2020 call for entry 

The New East Photo Prize 2020 is a contemporary photography award for artists from Eastern Europe, the Balkans, Russia, and Central Asia. The award has been launched by Calvert 22 Foundation and it’s online edition The Calvert Journal in 2016. The mission of the project the organizers define as championing artistic excellence in photography as well as recognition of various representations of the social, cultural and physical landscape of the New East and other perspectives on that region. This year applications are open until July 20. Learn more about the project and the conditions of participation from the website.

The lucky ones who succeed in the competition will have the opportunity to a) have their works featured online in the Journal; b) win a cash prize of £1,000; c) get a £500 voucher for photographers equipment; d) get a full tuition scholarship; e) take part in a finalists group show, if circumstances permit*. The jury panel includes international artists, photographers, curators, and researchers.

PhotoBook Awards by Paris Photo–Aperture Foundation calling 

Celebrating the photobook’s contribution to the evolving narrative of photography — this what the PhotoBook Awards founded by Aperture Foundation and Paris Photo focuses on. This time there are as usual three major categories to apply: First PhotoBook, PhotoBook of the Year, and Photography Catalogue of the Year. However, organizers await even more critical and creative statements from the applicants due to the unprecedented year.

The submissions deadline is September 12, the winners are to be announced in November 2020. There is a set of criteria for books submitted as well as entry fees (learn more from the website). The judging process this year is two-staged: representatives of both Paris Photo and Aperture Foundation will select the short-listed candidates in New York, while the final winners will be chosen by a distinct jury in Paris right before the start of Paris Photo.

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Inna Mosina „spirit of indomitable courage“

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SPIRIT OF INDOMITABLE COURAGE

Now, something incredible is happening in the world, something we don’t like. I wanted to show a fearless spirit that has nothing to lose, desperately brave. My photography is The symbol is not a reconciliation of events that we do not like. We are capable of fighting.
Courage – mean stop tolerate.
The time is always right to do what’s right.

Photo: Inna Mosina @inna_mosina_arts
Model: @altalennn
Dress: Irina Ivanova @irrrrkka

10 Movies to Develop Aesthetic Vision

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10 Movies to Develop Aesthetic Vision

Today we are ready to present you a new collection of films that can awake your inner creative potential and provoke to the creation of art. Therefore, we will make it easier for you to choose what to watch tonight.

Stoker ( Park Chan-wook, 2013)

This psychological thriller drama film has not only breathtaking plot which is full of mysterious intrigues and enigmas but it also has strong aesthetic picture, beautiful music and flawless reflection of Park Chan-wook’s vision.

Hotel Chevalier (Wes Anderson, 2005)

Wes Anderson is one of the brightest representatives of independent modern cinema. A sophisticated aesthete, he pays attention to the finest detail in all aspects of film production, including music and set design.

Wes Anderson also has a very efficient technique that is directly related to the human mind and helps make his films extremely appealing – symmetry. Basically any frame follows the laws of proportion.

L’amant double( François Ozon ,2013)

„L’amant double“ is a thriller about the therapist, his patient, their big love and someone else. Beautiful, sophisticated and intellectual film from which you can get aesthetic delight.

La grande bellezza ( Paolo Sorrentino, 2013)

The Sorrentino’s palette is all the best that you can discover in Italy: the colors of red wine, warm afternoon sun, rich greenery of pines and plane trees, deep blue sea. Perhaps the most remarkable feature of Sorrentino is his innate capacity to visualize his films through the eyes of the artist – brightly colourful, enriched with contrasts, thematically abstract and with a connotation of immediacy.

The Lighthouse( Robert Eggers, 2019)

„The Lighthouse” is confidently claiming to be a masterpiece, at least for the sake of style. Eggers adopts the aesthetics of early German expressionism as his reference point, with its isolation from formal aspects that take on a political and psychological dimension. 

Melancholia ( Lars von Trier, 2011)

The aesthetic of the film is astonishing and breathtaking. The music of Richard Wagner (overture from „Tristan and Isolde“) creates the atmosphere from the beginning. The visuals are even more remarkable. The protagonist with a flower bouquet, wearing a snow-white wedding dress, which feels as if sprouting from trees, from the Earth itself, simultaneously maturing into it, thus becoming united with her as a whole.

Only Lovers Left Alive (Jim Jarmusch, 2013)

Unbelievable aesthetic refinement, philosophy and a magnificent artistic ensemble. Severe plotless performance allows you to fully enjoy Tilda and Tom  still lifes and landscapes. Any part of the interior of Adam’s apartment is an immaculate still life, while East Tangier and Detroit are teeming with charming, often intimidating, timeless beauty.

The Favourite (Yorgos Lanthimos, 2018)

„The Favourite“ is a wonderful costumed movie with Kubrick’s visionary, relevant female ensemble, understandable strokes and level of misanthropy, reduced to socially acceptable.

Enter the Void (Gaspar Noé, 2009)

Director Gaspar Noe, known for his extraordinary films for the general public, made an unusually beautiful, charming and at the same time explosive movie.Sometimes hallucinogenic and psychedelic pulsation of the camera as a flow of unconsciousness of prototype goes off the scale, and somewhere somehow evens out into the hypnotic panorama of the city. Single-frame shooting provides an opportunity to merge with experience, to go beyond the boundaries of their subjectivity and see the „wonderful new world“ through the eyes of a newborn.

The Tree of Life (Terrence Malick, 2011)

The metaphoricity of the images with the weight of thousands of years occupies the viewer’s consciousness while watching.Malick does an enchanting thing: he works with memory like Nabokov in „The Other Shores“, recreating the hero’s childhood as a hierarchy of memories.

Enjoy!

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Being an artist in Russia: meet Asya Marakulina

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Being an artist in Russia: meet Asya Marakulina

Asya Marakulina was born in Perm, Russia. She lives and works in Saint Petersburg. Russian journalists marked Asya as the “Turgenev’s girl of Petersburg art” and the “hope of Russian contemporary art”. So, we decided to talk with Asya about how convenient or not can be a life of the contemporary artist in Russia.

About first exhibitions in Perm and Saint Petersburg

I started exhibiting when I was still living in my hometown. At that time, I was studying in an art studio and we organized exhibitions for various holiday fairs. After that, I had a long period of moving to St. Petersburg and time to join the student body. At the University, I received a classical art education: painting, drawing, and so on – at the same time I was engaged in creative work. I studied at the school of a young artist “ProArte“. This fund was created specifically for children who want to develop in the field of contemporary art. My first exhibition was held in the Peter and Paul fortress in 2014. Then I returned from a residence in Belgium and used the collected material this way. This was the first conscious display.

It was from this residence that I began to get to know the foreign art space. At the time, I didn’t know what I am involving myself in. I even went to Belgium more out of curiosity and interest in travelling. Before that, I only travelled inside Russia. After that, I soon went to a residence in Norway and then participated in a group exhibition in New York. There were artists from the Urals and from Brooklyn. Now it is even difficult to remember the complex concept of how it all was interconnected. My curator who now works at the Yeltsin centre in St. Petersburg called me there. Usually, I participate in foreign exhibitions at the invitation of my friends from Russia – this was the case with New York, then with Stockholm, and with Texas. My experience of working abroad is not quite big.

About attachment to a place

I have a workshop in St. Petersburg, and there I can be alone without any noise – write texts, think, create. I spend most of my time in the workshop.

I am also coupled to Russia – all the projects that I have done in residences are somehow linked to the local context. It is much easier and more interesting for me to work when I am immersed in the language, visual, and cultural environment. For example, in France, I worked with difficulties in translating and understanding a foreign language in Russian. Of course, a new place gives you a lot of new information, a new material that you can’t ignore. But at the same time, you analyze your personal baggage, already collected at home. The Russian reality certainly affects me a lot – I live here.

About moving to another country

The idea of moving is always present. Especially when I’m abroad, comparing and trying on other locations. I want to study somewhere else, but now I’m not ready to move to another country – it takes a lot of energy. I lived 3 months in France and realized that if you move there, you need to absolutely start everything from scratch. I’m a stranger there. I don’t want to spend time adapting to a new social space now – I want to work. I have projects that need to be done now – maybe a little later they will no longer be relevant to me.

About the advantages and disadvantages of Russia for the artist

In Russia, an uncomfortable environment is not only for an artist but for any person of any profession. It is aggressive for pensioners, artists, doctors and businessmen. There is strong resistance to material and society. But at the same time, you can do things in Russia that you can’t afford in other countries. At home, I can rent any space and work there. In Germany, for example, it is much more difficult to do this – there is too strong and complex social and economic structure.

There are pros and cons everywhere. In Europe, there are more opportunities and space for the artist – almost every house has two galleries in Paris, but in my city, there are only 3 of them and everyone is chasing them. On the other hand, when I was in Switzerland, I could not understand how artists find themes for projects in such comfortable conditions. There are no “rough edges”. I need irritants and inconsistencies for my work. Since many foreign artists grow up in a different environment, the focus is set on other things, and the art is completely different. It might be difficult for me to change my mind.

About the news agenda in Russia

Every time I open the news, it seems to me that this is the limit of senility. A little later, I open it again, and I realize – no, it can go even further. The current absurdity sometimes makes you speechless.

How the government helps artists

I have a feeling that the projects that are sponsored and supported by government structures are most often of an ideological and patriotic nature. In Russia, everything is not so smooth with modern visual culture. It seems to me that civil servants do not have an as well developed taste as we would like – there is no sensitivity to different forms and meanings. It is difficult for an artist to be seen and heard. I limit myself from such cooperation.

In Russia, the attitude to culture has been built up as something marginal. There is a constant cultural barrier between the artist and the rest of society. At the same time, there is a lot of material for criticism – unfairness that can be reflected.

About politicization of art 

I don’t work with politics in my art, but it’s not an intentional choice. My strength lies elsewhere. We must remember that an artist is not only a citizen of his country. He lives, feels, and is tormented by existential questions. We cannot avoid themes of love, death, and emotions. The surrounding agenda only penetrates the mood and sometimes is expressed in increased anxiety. It is natural for me to find more universal images in this aggressive environment.

All of the images were taken from Asya’s Instagram profile.