In show at Black Art Weekend

The 11th and last exhibition  where I am partaking this year: the Black Art Weekend organized by Art Deal Project at the space AAAB (Agencia de Apoyo a la Arquitectura Barcelona).  The others authors in show will be: Curro Gómez, Derivart, Emilio Subirá, Gerard Calderón, Varvara Gujajeva& Mar Canet.

Exhibition: Black Art Weekend
Dates: 13 – 16.12.2012
Venue: AAAB
Address:  Gran Via de las Corts Catalanes 694, Barcelona
Curating: Art Deal Project

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More about Black Art Weekend
Lavanguardia sobre Art Deal Project en ROOM Art Fair

Part of the EIKON Fine Art Edition

One of the photographs of the series OSTALGIA has been included in the Edition EIKON. The Austrian Institute for Photography and Media Art has been publishing the Edition EIKON since 1995. Signed and numbered original photographs by prominent and up-and-coming artists are offered in limited editions at affordable prices.
On the 23th of November  2012,  at Leopold Museum in Vienna, an event was held for the presentation of this new EIKON edition. At the same time,  the November issue of the magazine has been launched, where OSTALGIA has been featured in the “Artist Pages”.

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Exhibiting at ROOM Art Fair #2

Venue: ROOM Art Fair // Room 208 – Art Deal Project
Dates: 23 – 25 November 2012
Address: Hotel Praktik Metropol, Gran Via, Madrid
Curated by: Isabel Lázaro // Art Deal Project
Authors in show: Emilio Subirá, Curro Gómez, Simona Rota and Gerard Calderón

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about Art Deal Project at ROOM
about ROOM Art Fair
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OSTALGIA in show at VIENNA ART WEEK

Vienna Art Week 2012

Dates: 19 – 25 November
Opening: 19 November, 18h – 20h
Group exhibition: Predicting Memories
Venue: former Telegraph Office (K.K. Telegrafenamt)
Curators: Robert Punkenhofer and Ursula Maria Probst
Artists: Horst Ademeit, Julieta Aranda, Anna Artaker, Jennifer Baichwal, Wojciech Ba¸ kowski, Christian Boltanski, Sophie Calle, Doug Fishbone, Agnes Fuchs, D-Fuse, Terence Gower, Fariba Hajamadi, Yao Jui-Chung, Klub Zwei, Rosmarie Lukasser, Anja Manfredi, Christian Mayer, Jakob Neulinger, Hans Op de Beeck, Patricia Reinhart, Simona Rota, Maria Serebriakova, Ekaterina Shapiro-Obermair, Fiona Tan, Joëlle Tuerlinckx, Kara Walker, Ai Weiwei, Sislej Xhafa, et al. Performances by: Doug Fishbone, Anna Mitterer & Katherina Olschbaur, Lilo Nein and Suzie Léger
” (…) Predicting Memories” focuses on a cross-section of the concept of memory and the “anticipation of memory constructs” in contemporary art. Participating artists in the exhibition show an explosive, at times ironizing visual language in their break with current, realpolitikal events. Around the world, dictators, nationalist rhretoric, religious fundamentalism, the omnipotence of global players and the commercialization of mainstream media increase the risk of restrictions to the freedoms of speech and opinion – and the history productions they are associated with. Master plans imposed on urban structures cause naturally-evolved memory spaces to disappear, or prevent them from being established in the first place. Artists around the world are reacting to these processes and the impending loss of individual and collective epics by making them an integral part of their aesthetic work. This – as various works show – leads to a constant re-figuration of memory, not least in light of the observation that the historical experience of past trauma exceeds the scope of representation. The manipulative momentum of ideology-laden historical perceptions and their dubiousness is subject to analysis. The identity-political proof of authenticity put up for discussion urgently raises the (banal-sounding) questions: Where do we come from, and where are we going? (…)” (source: statement //Vienna Art Week)

“Soviet Modernism”.The book

On the occasion of the exhibition “Soviet Modernism 1955-1991. Unknown Stories”, the Architektur Zentrum Wien (AzW) also edited a book / catalogue using among others not few of the photographs I have took in the ex soviet countries. 
Here some snapshots of the book where I show mainly the spreads where my photographs were used  rather then focusing on the contents. If you want to know more about the contents, click the link below:
Learn more or buy it here

Video presentation of the entire book

Soviet Modernism. 1955 – 1991. Unknown History
Edited by: Architektur Zentrum Wien (Katharina Ritter, Ekaterina Shapiro – Obermair, Dietmar Steiner, Alexandra Wachter)
Book design: Thomas Kussin, Rosmarie Ladner, buero8
Published by: Park Books
Pages: 358; Size: 30 cm (height)  x 25 cm (width)
Available in English version or in German version

Exhibiting at the Architektur Zentrum Wien

Soviet Modernism 1955-1991. Unknown Stories
Opening : 07.11.2012, 7PM
Runtime: 08.11.2012 – 25.03.2013
Vienna Architecture Congress: 24 + 25.11.12
Venue: Architektur Zentrum, Museumsplatz 1, Vienna

The Architekturzentrum Wien writes architectural (hi)stories: ‘Soviet Modernism 1955 – 1991. Unknown Stories’ explores, for the first time comprehensively, the architecture of the non-Russian Soviet republics completed between the late 1950s and the end of the USSR in 1991. The research and exhibition project shifts the Russian-dominated perspective and focuses attention on the architecture of Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Estonia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Krygyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, The Ukraine and Uzbekistan.
While Constructivism and Stalinist architecture have largely been included in Western architecture history, the Soviet modern architecture of the second half of the 20th century has remained practically unknown to date. Working in close collaboration with local experts and architects, a research group at the Architekturzentrum Wien has pursued the specialities in the architecture of the period and its ‘stories’. In the course of this extensive project a network has been created between a large number of researchers from the East and the West and interviews conducted with eyewitnesses of the time. Their stories have hardly been documented in writing and their works have not yet been viewed in context. Time is running out, and action is urgently needed as many of the buildings, which are still waiting for appraisal by architectural historians, are threatened. The poor construction techniques used at the time they were built means that these buildings are aging rapidly and there is a widespread lack of resources available, or support, for their upkeep.
The exhibition is accompanied by a catalogue in English and German editions (published by Park Books). Team of curators: Katharina Ritter, Ekaterina Shapiro-Obermair, Alexandra Wachter, Exhibition design: Six & Petritsch. The exhibition project is based on an initiative of Georg Schöllhammer and the association ‘Local Modernities’

(source: Architektur Zentrum Wien)

Below some of my photographs that are part of the “Soviet Modernism” exhibition
Learn more about it:
Architektur Zentrum Wien

“Ostalgia” in show at SCAN Festival

Ostalgia is going to be exhibited within the group show Talent Latent at the International Festival of Photogrpahy SCAN 12, along with works by other 9 mates: Clare Gallagher ( North Ireland, 1978); Lorena Guillén (Argentina, 1974), Dorothée Smith (France, 1985), Mariano Icaza (Bilbao, 1964), Jordi Díaz (Pontevedra – Tarragona, 1979), Sebastián Liste (Alicante, 1985), Salvi Danés (Barcelona, 1985), Salva López (Barcelone, 1984), Eva Lauterlein (Switzerland, 1977)

Curator: Jesús Micó
Coordinator: Josep Rigol
Venue: Espai Tabacalera, Tarragona
Dates: 26 Oct – 24 Dec 2012

BIG EXIT featured in VOLUME and LE JOURNAL SPÉCIALE’ Z

fragments from

VOLUME 33. Interiors + Playboy Architecture
Archis, Amsterdam. 2012

Editor in chief: Arjen Oosterman, Contributing editors: Ole Bouman, Rem Koolhaas, Mark Wigley, Feature editor: Jeffrey Inaba, Playboy Insert editor: Beatriz Colomina

“Big Exit”  pp. 81 – 91 (my thanks to Ethel Baraona and Brendan Cormier)

available to buy here

 fragments from

LE  JOURNAL SPÉCIALE’ Z  04
ESA, Paris. 2012

Diagram / The Spatial Turn / Perform
Editor in chief: Sony Devabhaktuni
“Apartment” pp. 164 – 171 (my thanks to Sony Devabhaktuni)

available to buy here

 

“Instant Village” in show at StadtMuseum Graz

Instant Village ( series in progress) will be exhibited within the group show Eyes on the city at the StadtMuseum Graz (AT) along with works by: Olivo Barbieri (IT), Peter Bialobrzeski (DE), Sabine Bitter/Helmut Weber (AT), Hin Chua (MY/GB), Lee Friedlander (US), Aglaia Konrad (AT/BE), Anne Lass (DK/DE), Paul Albert Leitner (AT).

The exhibition is curated by: Christina Töpfer and Otto Hochreiter. In the catalogue of the exhibition, the essay about Instant Village is written by Ethel Baraona Pohl (dpr- barcelona).

The opening is going to be held on the 13th of October 2012.

Catalogue: http://www.pustet.at/content.php?id=28&art_id=249
StadtMuseum Graz: http://www.stadtmuseumgraz.at/index.php?pageid=116&sid=85

“Ostalgia” goes to Sevastopol (Art Museum)

I am happy to be part of a project curated by Hudrada, an activist collective based in Kiev and to be related in some way to the mythical city of Sevastopol! From the 26th of September till the 7th of October I am showing a selection of my photography series “Ostalgia” within the group show “Disputed Territories” at the Art Museum in Sevastopol in Crimea, Ukraine.

Below, more details and after the image a complete press release from Hudrada.
Exhibition: Disputed Territories showing artworks by: Adrian Paci (Albania), Anna Zvyagintseva, Ivan Melnichuk, Yevgenia Belorusets, Nikita Kadan, Yuri Solomko, Esther Kempf (Switzerland), Aleksey Salmanov, Simona Rota  (Spain), Lesya Khomenko, Lada Nakonechna, Aleksey Gnedenko, Alina Kleitman, Ulyana Bychenkova, Nikolay Ridniy, TanzLaboratorium, FNO (Russia), R.E.P.
Dates: 27.09.2012 – 07.10.2012, Opening on the 26th of September at 4 p.m.
Venue: Sevastopol Art Museum. Crimea. Ukraine
Curators: Hudrada collective http://hudrada.tumblr.com/
Press Release 18.09.12
 
Ukrainian Curatorial Collective HUDRADA’s latest exhibition “Disputed Territory” is opening in Sevastopol
On the 26th of September 2012 at 16:00 at the Sevastopol Art Museum in Crimea, the Ukrainian curatorial collective HUDRADA is opening its new, 4th exhibition, “Disputed Territory”. The exhibition will include works by 19 artists from Ukraine and other countries, and is dedicated to the conquest and liberation of social and political territory. The few opening days of the exhibition will feature a packed programme of discussions.
Disputed territories are rips in the stiff fabric of a world which is split into spheres of influence. They are animate spaces, formed by the changeable whims of human wisdom and madness. They offer hope for change, and are attractive because they give you a chance to place your bets, to take part in the game. They promise gratification through confrontations, and they are capable of bringing conflict back to life in places where you might think that bleak dogmatic constructs had taken root for good. The value of disputed territories lies in hope and in duality.
We are moving along a volatile border, a place from which we can discern the constant shifting of battle lines, the point where the violent outburst is concentrated, as it occurs again and again.
Where exactly is this disputed territory?
The core interests of “Disputed Territory” are in social interaction, in exclusion, in marginalisation, gender and sexuality, in war between private and common interests, in public space and its acquisition, in the choices people make as civilians, politicians, and activists, and above all in the field of power.
Could these be the very places from which we can launch our own pre-emptive strike, today?
To keep disputed territories within our field of view means we have to violate subordinate connections, to burst through the dam of ideological decoration to a place where hope springs forth from feelings of loss and discomfort.
We have to break away from the absorbing power of parody and new religious doctrines with their clear consciences, and move towards a reality in which disputed territories are still subject to political conquest, and are ready to become places which people can inhabit.
Exhibition curators:  HUDRADA collective http://hudrada.tumblr.com/

Exhibition participants: Adrian Paci (Albania), Anna Zvyagintseva, Ivan Melnichuk, Yevgenia Belorusets, Nikita Kadan, Yuri Solomko, Esther Kempf (Switzerland), Aleksey Salmanov, Simona Rota  (Spain), Lesya Khomenko, Lada Nakonechna, Aleksey Gnedenko, Alina Kleitman, Ulyana Bychenkova, Nikolay Ridniy, TanzLaboratorium, FNO (Russia), R.E.P.

Exhibition Organisers: CONNECT NGO with support from the Faculty of the Lviv National Academy of Art in Sevastopol, the cultural initiative Hitch&Klum, and the School of Contemporary Design.
 
This project is supported by Programme і³ from Rinat Akhmetov’s Foundation for Development of Ukraine.
 
The exhibition will be open every day except Tuesdays until the 7th of October 2012 from 10.00 until 17.00.

Invitation to the discussion programme is open to all. Entry is without registration or passes.

Contact information:
HUDRADA (Yevgenia Belorusets) 0975948013
Organiser (Maria Tumakova) 0502940923
 
Additional information:
DISPUTED TERRITORY” EVENTS PROGRAMME
26th September, Sevastopol Art Museum
15.00: Press Conference
16.00: exhibition opening, curatorial tour of the exhibition
27th September, city street location tbc
12.30: “Headless” – performance by TanzLaboratorium
27th September, Sevastopol Art Museum
16.00: Presentation of the latest issues of independent journals on the social medium, literature and art: “Spilne” and “Prostory” Speakers: Anastasia Rіabchuk and Yevgenia Belorusets
17.00: Discussion “Cultural activism working together with rights initiatives: the Simferopol experience” Speakers: Aleksandra Dvoretskaya and Tatyana Bezryuk
28th September, Sevastopol Art Museum
16.00: Discussion “Problems and perspectives for the development of contemporary art in the cultural context of Sevastopol” and “Possibility for contemporary art in regional art museums” Speakers: Nikolay Skyba, Sergey Popov, Nikita Kadan, Tatyana Smirnova, Pavel Khlebovskiy, Tatyana Saigushkina
All events except for the Performance will take place at the Sevastopol Art Museum on Prospect Naximova, 9. More about events programme: disputedterritory.org.ua