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„TRANSFORMATION“ Solo Exhibition by LASHA TCHRELASHVILI

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"TRANSFORMATION" Solo Exhibition by LASHA TCHRELASHVILI

ARTIST: LASHA TCHRELASHVILI
CURATED BY: IRINA RUSINOVICH
LOCATION: Bulowstrasse 11, 10789, Berlin
EXHIBITION DURATION: 02.06.2022 – 18.06.2022
VERNISSAGE: 02.06.2022 AT 7PM

Pictorial traditions in art have a very deep and long history. Since the Middle Ages and Renaissance artists have been trying to find their unique and individual way, form of utterance. Painters used color as a medium and expression method, escaping more and more new facets of interpretations. In the Symbolism tradition, artists used color as a code, where each color had its own meaning. And today many painters are working with color very carefully and attentively, using colors as sights and some sort of visual message.

In the TRANSFORMATION project Lasha Tchrelashvili is reflecting about the inner force that all of us have inside. Today, when the whole world is in a permanent crisis, we have many problems: social, political and ecological. Everyday we have to fight with circumstances and with ourselves, make moral choices day by day. We should be strong to stay human, to not go insane.   

Artist uses color as an image language, telling for viewers the story of his life through sharp abstract images. His artworks are abstractive and very expressive. When we look closely, we see that all forms on canvas look like they are in movement, like in second they will be in another place, in another world.

Visitors of the exhibition with autor go on a journey through the years, through the important events of the artist’s life. From canvas to canvas we see the history of Lasha’s maturity, the process of tempering his character. 

LASHA TCHRELASHVILI 

Painting process is a kind of a thinking process for me. Sometimes you get distracted, other times you’re fully invested. It’s a dynamic process both emotionally and conceptually. My paintings are products of this thinking process which I then observe. Through these observations I analyze my internal, spiritual state and my position in relation to the universe. My intention is not to contain the dialogue within my own world, therefore I open up the conversation with a question. I title my paintings as a question in order to spark the desire for exploration within the viewers themselves. 

The main accent of my paintings is a state of transcendence. In this state of liminality the relationship between familiar and unfamiliar takes you through a mysterious experience.

Ukrainian women in Photography

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Ukrainian women in Photography

Eva Dzhyshyashvili

I explore myself deeper and deeper to finally find myself on top of personal
perception, through reflection the image is manifested, the generalized female image of which I become a part. Private, individual, personal leads to the generalized. I concentrate on the parts, looking at the fragments of my body to crumble and relieve tension. Because it is not me anymore, on the surface a female image, so powerful and fragile. And I’m in the depths.

„Swan“ Symbolic revival by Anna Cherkas

This project presents autographic images. The author symbolizes himself with a white swan.
The goal of the project is openness and acceptance of your body. Reflection of the
symphony, with the help of the body and feminine natural beauty, in a symbolic image.

According to belief, the bird is equated with human qualities. They are a symbol of true sincere feelings, pure and mutual love. According to the sign, the swan is a bird of poets. A meeting with him is considered lucky.

HAIR by VICTORIA LIKHOLYOT

Ph: Victoria Likholyot
Models: Victoria Likholyot, Tatiana Afanasieva

Long hair in modern culture is a female secondary sex characteristic. I religion, traditional culture, mythology, many stories are associated wit women’s hair: from the traditions of covering the hair after the wedding to the Christian stories about Saint Agnes, who had her hair grown to cover he nakedness.

Victoria Likholyot is a photographer based in Kharkiv, Ukraine. She studied photography at the School of Contemporary Art and the Chekachkov Photo Academy, both in Kharkiv, Ukraine. Likholyot’s work has been exhibited at the Kharkiv Municipal Gallery, Kharkiv, Ukraine; Lavra Gallery, Kyiv, Ukraine; and the
Grand Palais, Paris, France. She is currently a lecturer of Feminist art at the Karazin National University in Kharkiv, Ukraine.

Julia Lazumirska

Karen Cavallaro „Beach party“

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BEACH PARTY

Photographer: Karen Cavallaro @cavallaroretouch
Model: Alina Balak @alinabalak
Fashion Designer: Vivien Sander @viviensandr

Pants: Lascana, Jacket: ASOS Design, Tights: saint sass

Pants: Lascana, Jacket: ASOS Design, Tights: saint sass; Bikini: River Island, Necklace: H&M, Coat: vintage

Dress: Vivien Sander

Dress: Vivien Sander, Shoes: Zara

Dress: Vivien Sander, Shoes and Jacket: Zara

Tatiana Bruleva „Fashion look“

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FASHION LOOK

Photographer: Tatiana Bruleva @tanya_bru
Model/Creative Director: Leona Bordonava @leo_bordonaba
Retoucher: Daria Lisovaya @lisovaya_retouch_
Assistant: Dmitry Smirnov @rodrgz.jr
Assistant: Vitaly Zabavin @vitalllka
Makeup Artist/Hair Stylist: Polina Ponomarenko @iampolchik

Top – vintage Tights – vintage Sunglasses – Asos design

Bodysuit – Intimissimi Shoes – @diorarim.ru Accessories – vu__art; Marfin Jewelry 

Bodysuit – Intimissimi Shoes – @diorarim.ru Accessories – vu__art; Marfin Jewelry 

Blazer – custom Bermuda shorts – Mango Belt – custom Accessories – vu__art Marfin Jewelry Gloves – custom Shoes – vintage Socks – vintage

Christina Yang „Red Noise“

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RED NOISE

Production: Christina Yang (@christ.ywn) & Ruka Zheng (@zwenjiejie)
Photographer: Christina Yang (@christ.ywn)
Styling: Ruka (@zwenjiejie)
HMUA: Wenzi 
HMUA Assistant: Yeye
Model: Rain 
Assistant: Shao & Kun

Wardrobe:
Fashion Design:
Aojierou (@aojierou) 
Yueqi Qi (@_yueqiqi) 
022397 Bluff

Accessories:
Sunwanw (@sunwanw) 
Mojo G 
#MX# 
MATHILDA
GEL啫喱

Interview with artist Maria Volokhova

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Photo: Natascha Wilms, Maria Volokhova
Text: Irina Rusinovich

Interview with artist Maria Volokhova

Where do you come from, where and when were you born?

I was born in 1980 in Kyiv / Ukraine.

Please tell us your artistic vita in a few sentences.

In Kyiv, I started my artistic education at the age of 6 and later attended the Shevchenko State Art High School. From 1997 to 2004 at the HKD Burg Giebichenstein, Halle/Saale painting/graphics graduated with a diploma.

Study visits in:
2000/02 Accademia die Belle Arti Bologna / Italy,
2003 – Ohio University, Athens/Ohio, USA
2005-2007 – Postgraduate studies at HKD „Burg Giebichenstein“, Department of Graphic Arts
2006 – 2009 Visiting student, Research Studies Ceramics, University Tokyo University of the Arts, Japan.

In 2009 the studio “ Volokhova Porcelain“ was founded in Berlin. In addition to working in the Berlin studio, I have interned in various porcelain manufactories in Germany and implemented my works in collaboration with the manufactories. My projects are exhibited worldwide at   M.V museums , exhibitions, fairs, and biennials (Faenza, Gyeonggi, Bornholm, Jakarta) and received several awards (NASPA Award, Keramikpreis Diesen, BKV Award, Ready Set Award).

How would you describe your creative process?

The ideas for the projects usually arise intuitively. In the work I delve into the thought to another level, so to speak, to another „planet“ of the current theme.
The work on the projects has an experimental character. How far can I explore the limits of the material?
My work with porcelain requires long preparation in designing the models. In the course of the process, further developments of the project emerge. Failures are part of everyday life and often lead to unexpected and exciting solutions.

What was the key influence that led to the development of your process and style?

My study at the Accademia di Belle Arti, Bologna in 2000/2001. There I came across the Museum of Anatomy with historical exhibits. Since then I have been busy interpreting and expanding projects about the inner worlds of the human being.

The desire to aesthetically realize this somewhat unpleasant subject led me to work with porcelain.

Do you have a life philosophy? Does your creative practice fit in with this philosophy?

Life itself, enjoyment of life, experimenting and constant development.
Also in my artistic practice, I am always researching about man as a being, our connections with the social environment as well as the new possibilities in the implementation.
My credo is: to remain free in my thoughts and ideas and to keep the possibility to pursue my goals.

Have you ever had a moment when you questioned your career entirely?

Moments of doubts come across an artist mind  again and again. These moments eventually lead to inner strengthening. At some point, I understood that my activity as an artist is my true vocation, and I cannot imagine my life without my research work in the workshop.

What is your favorite museum or art gallery and why?

me Collectors Room, Berlin

A contemporary art chamber with exciting artifacts. There I always find historical overlaps with my artistic research and new inspirations. Exciting temporary exhibitions.

What’s next for you?

At the moment I am working on the development of the project in connection with the current war situation in Ukraine that will be shown in the context of the Porcelain Biennale in Meissen in the summer.

I was very moved emotionally by the Maidan Revolution in 2014. At that time I realized what a strong meaning the country of Ukraine has for me, although I have been living abroad since 1995. The current attack on Ukraine shook the whole world.

For me Ukraine is a country with people who have warmth in them, always going about their daily lives with smiles and humor. The hearts of these people are destroyed, they mourn for their loved ones, for their destroyed cities, and continue to fight for their existence as a people and their independence.

LILIYA BONDARENKO „Sitcom“

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SITCOM

PROD: DMITRY MARKIN @MARK.LEMANOV
ART-DIR: MARINA CHASNYKH @MIKELL_CH
STUDIO: MAYAK @MAYAK_STUDIOS
PHOTO: LILIYA BONDARENKO @BUSSARDEL
SET: EVGENY YAKOVLEV @EA.069
STYLE: OLGA KREMLYAKOVA @OLGA_KREMLYAKOVA
MUA: MARINA CHASNYKH @MIKELL_CH ELENA SMIRNOVA @COOOOPP
HAIR: ALEXEY GORBATYUK @ALEXEYGORBATYUK
LIGHT: ALEXANDER SEVERINOV @SEVERINOV_ALEXANDER MAYAK LIGHT CREW @MAYAK_LIGHT_CREW
ST ASSISTANT: MARIE SHOSTAK @JEZZYPEACH
MODELS: ROMA MILOVA @ROMAMILOVA SVETA ALASKA @THE__ALASKA PAVEL BRYUZGIN @BRYUZGIN_PAVEL JULIA ZABROVSKAYA @ZABROVSKAYA
MA @MODUS_VIVENDIS @ESTHERMODELMANAGEMENT
CLOTHES @NOBAGENCY @VIVA_DRESS_VINTAGE
ARMCHAIRS @KAMORKA.WORKSHOP

Interview with artist Vera Kochubey

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Interview with artist Vera Kochubey

Where do you come from, where and when were you born?

I was born in 1986 in Moscow, USSR. It’s the year of Chernobyl and 5 years before the collapse of the Soviet Union.

Please tell us your artistic vita in a few sentences.

I was born an artist and already at 2 years old I got first lessons of painting from my grandfather who was an amazing artist himself. I spent all my childhood around him in his home atelier in Moscow. I went to art school in Moscow but dropped out and came to Berlin in 2011 to establish myself as an Artist. Since then I have more then 200 collectors under my belt worldwide as well as dozens of international art shows.

How would you define Contemporary Art in 140 characters or less?

Contemporary art is badass, provocative, bold and imaginative, I like that there is no borders at all. So it’s fair to say, Contemporary Art is something close to Chaos Magic.

Was there a pivotal moment when you decided to follow your passion?

I had artistic soul from the very beginning, but I felt shame for this and was taught that you need to “sacrifice your life for higher proposes of common wealth of communism” – from my grandparents. In Soviet Union there was no such a profession as an “artist” so it was never taken seriously. In 2014 in berlin I met a man who was a successful writer coming from working class family and meeting him put a sparkle in me to peruse my artist career seriously . Then he took me to Berghain and my wild spirit was unleashed.

How can you describe your art practice ?

I think my art is an expression of my multiple personalities. One wants to escape all the struggle into the happy colorful bubble, one wants to shout out from every corner the painful universal truth, the other one is empersonating an ambiguous androgynous figure that is trying to figure out this life and is questioning his body/spirit existence.

Has social media had a positive impact on your work?

I started to take Instagram seriously in 2015 and I build my audience and followers since then. My main business platform is there too, so I believe that social media plays a big role these days for emerging artists.

Do you find that Berlin’s art scene inspires or influences your art?

I feel I am very independent from Berlin Art scene to the point where I could call myself the most famous Berlin art scene outsider.

What’s next for you?

A show in Berlin Urban Nation Museum, solo show at HAZE gallery, art residency at BIKINI BERLIN and autobiographical book on the way + baby steps into NFT art market.