| Contemporary Art from the
curated by Viktor Misiano
Prato, 27 May – 26 August
Open: 26 May, 6 pm
15 years have gone by since the
disappearance of the enormous geo-political space, previously
called the USSR. But, what is happening in the various countries
that were to be found on its territory? Moreover, what’s
happening now, in the middle of the first decade of the new
21st century? What does define the art scene of these countries
today? In the middle of the new decade? After fifteen years
of the so called “independence”? What are young
artists, who developed after the end of real socialism, doing?
And how are those artists, well known during the previous decade,
working? How do they experience the perhaps hastily proclaimed,
“end of transmission period”, the “stabilization”
and the “normalization”?
This exhibition comes at the right moment because as more time
separates us from the fall of the Berlin wall, wider is the
distance that separates us from the previous age, and more vital
becomes the task of understanding that past. This is something
we can see not only in the works of the Russian artists but
also in the artworks of the Baltic countries who, in their official
politics try to forget about the historic past. And this is
obvious in spite of the difference of the cultural worlds of
these countries and in spite of the difference in their actual
geo-political situation, the reference points in their post-Soviet
development were the same and it is beyond controversy that
their experience of modernity is the Soviet period.
This is an exhibition about a part of the global world, about
a multi-dimensional world that wants to be or tries to look
one-dimensional, about every part of this world that has its
own past, without which it is impossible to understand the present.
This is not an exhibition about the past but about the present
and its natural interaction with the past.
This exhibition will show the reflection of the artists about
the experience of their insertion in the global world, about
the trauma of this experience, about losses and gains, about
the experience of freedom and about the acknowledgment of its
conditional character, about the opening of the Western world
that, having stopped to be a myth, turned out to be a disappointment.
This is an exhibition about searching one’s place in a
world that proved to be not only big but enormously multi-layered
and a labyrinth. As a consequence this exhibition is not about
nostalgia, that is seen as a conservative experience, passionate
or even reactionary, but it is a reflection on the new modernity,
on self-definition today, in front of new problems. This is
an exhibition about progressive nostalgia.
The show will present artists not only from Russia, but also
from Armenia, Azerbaidzhan, Byelorussia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan,
Georgia, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Ukraine, and Estonia. The
artists are of the young generation and of the old one: the
main criterion for their presence – is the present-day
relevance of the author’s position, and his sensibility
towards the central problem of the exhibition – “progressive
The exhibition is accompanied by an exhaustive catalogue edited
by Marco Bazzini and Viktor Misiano with essays by important
authors from different countries, giving local perception on
the experience of “progressive nostalgia”.
Works by: Vaharam Aghasyan, Vladimir Arkhipov,
AZAT (Azat Sargsyan), Babi Badalov, Pavel Braila, Sergey Bratkov,
Ilya Budraitskis, Alexei Buldakov, Petr Bystrov, Olga Chernysheva,
Ilya Chichkan, Ulan Djaparov, Factory of Found Clothes (FFC),
Natalja Pershina-Yakimanskaya (Gluklya), Olga Egorova (Tsaplya),
Yevgeniy Fiks, Alexandra Galkina, Dimitri Gutov, Maxim Karakulov,
Gulnara Kasmalieva, Olga Kisseleva, Aleksander Komarov, Irina
Korina, Vladimir Kupryanov, Erbossyn Meldibekov, Nokolay Oleynikov,
Anatoly Osmolovsky, Kerim Ragimov, Koka Ramishvili, Egle Rakauskaite,
Mark Raidpere, The ‘R.E.P.’ Group, Laura Stasiulyte,
Konstantin Sulaberidze, Sophia Tabatadze, David Ter-Oganjan,
Leonid Tishkov, Jaan Toomik, Nadia Tsulukidze, Nomeda &
Gediminas Urbonas, Dmitry Vilensky, Yelena Vorobyeva, What is
to be done? (A platform for engaged culture).
TRA ART rete regionale per l'arte contemporanea
Comune di Prato
With the support
Fondazione Monte dei Paschi di Siena
and the partecipation
ASM SpA, Gruppo Consiag, CariPrato SpA e Unione Industriale
open daily, 11.00-19.00, closed Tuesday
full 5 euros, reduced 4 euros.