Rémi Ochlik, Way of Sirte, Libya Spring, 2011, © Rémi Ochlik / IP3, RÉMI OCHLIK, PHOTOJOURNALIST. ARAB SPRINGS 2011 - Arts Santa Mònica, 2012.

Rémi Ochlik, Tunis, January, 2011, © Rémi Ochlik / IP3, RÉMI OCHLIK, PHOTOJOURNALIST. ARAB SPRINGS 2011 - Arts Santa Mònica, 2012.

Begoña Egurbide, Guns 01, 2003 (Piece) | Serie: Chilhood | Format: 5:1, © Begoña Egurbide, Amor Fati - Arts Santa Mònica, 2012.

The Kandinsky Prize, Russian Contemporary Art, 2007-1012

Yoan Valat,, Portrait Rémi Ochlik, © Yoan Valat, RÉMI OCHLIK, PHOTOJOURNALIST. ARAB SPRINGS 2011 - Arts Santa Mònica, 2012.

Rémi Ochlik, Libya. spring, 2011, © Rémi Ochlik / IP3, RÉMI OCHLIK, PHOTOJOURNALIST. ARAB SPRINGS 2011 - Arts Santa Mònica, 2012.

Vladislav Mamyshev-Mosnroe, Putin and Medvedev. 2011 | Color photograph, Vladislav Mamyshev-Mosnroe, In an absolute disorder. Contemporary russian art. Kandinsky prize (2007-2012) - Arts Santa Mònica, 2012.

Dmitry Prigov, Mouse | Black&White photograph, Dmitry Prigov, In an absolute disorder. Contemporary russian art. Kandinsky prize (2007-2012) - Arts Santa Mònica, 2012,

 

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In an Absolute Disorder.
Russian Contemporary Art –
Kandinsky Prize (2007-2012)

June 16-September 29, 2012

The West is the West; the East is the East. In the dichotomy praised by Kipling that even today has not disappeared despite globalization, Russia is somewhere in the middle. After the fall of the Soviet empire and rejection of communism, she is once again searching for her identity. Her civil society and cultural features have been washed away like an exposed film. Russia is now more in limbo, a zone of uncertainty, rather than an affirmation. The key word of this historical moment that, in the human concept of time, could last several generations is: chaos. Social discord, spiritual doubt and material ruin inevitably bring collective psychological and physical wounds.

Those currently in power try to assuage these injuries with a surreal mountain of "national projects." Political parties and the Church compete to compose alluring images of the nation's future revival. Russian artists, meanwhile, direct their efforts in the opposite direction. They play the traditional role of healers against unchecked power for a society that has suffered under its madness. But earlier methods of collective catharsis — projections of utopia and critical parody — which developed by their predecessors in the tide of "critical realism," avant-garde and non-conformism, today have been appropriated by politicians. The new approach is resignation, restrained acceptance of a disarrayed situation as the local style of culture, thought and behavior.

The stylization of chaos in the midst of disorder creates the distance necessary for aesthetic judgment, so desired for freedom of identity, play and choice. This exhibition offers to show various methods for the aesthetic preservation of chaos in works by the newest Russian artists. Despite the difference in their approaches, the images collude to form a new movement in Russian art that remains nameless for the time being.

The Kandinsky Prize was created in 2007, and it’s considered one of the major national contemporary art prizes in Russia. The prize has become a status symbol emblematic of significant innovation and art perspectives. Russian Art needs to develop contacts with the rest of the world, and the Kandinsky Prize helps to overcome this problem by organizing exhibitions abroad.The ArtChronika Foundation was created and it is presided by Shalva Breus, editor of the Russian art magazine, •Artchronik•a, which aims to promote contemporary art in
Russia. The works of the finalists and winners of the Kandinsky Prize have been exhibited with great success in Riga, Berlin and London.

The exhibition is curated by Andrei Erofeev, a leading expert of russian contemporary art and former curator of the National Tretiakov Gallery in Moscow, and Jean-Hubert Martin, former director of the Center Georges Pompidou and the Kunsthalle of Berna.

Most recent Russian art is on show. The works of almost all the protagonists of the Russian art scene presented. Included in the exhibition are Alexander Brodsky, Dmitry Gutov, Vadim Zakharov, Irina Korina, Oleg Kulik, Igor Mukhin, Boris Orlov, Anatolii Osmolovsky, Pavel Pepperstein, Nikolay Polissky, Dmitri Prigov, and Blue Noses group among others.

The Exhibition is displayed on three levels, which exposes its main focus intended by curators:
• Dimitri Prigov , the last conceptualist
• Chaos material. The aesthetics of «bad» things, or contextualist art
• Social Desorder social. Turannicidal performance and art-reportage
• The collapse of the church’s canonical symbolic systems.

Boris Orlov, From the series: The outlines of history. mixed media, Boris Orlov, In an absolute disorder. Contemporary russian art. Kandinsky prize (2007-2012) - Arts Santa Mònica, 2012.

Begoña Egurbide, Dolls, 2003 (detail) | Serie: Chilhood | Format: 4:1, © Begoña Egurbide, Amor Fati - Arts Santa Mònica, 2012.

Bleu Noses Group, Era of Mercy ("Kissing policemen"). 2005 | Color photograph, Bleu Noses Group.