ONCE UPON A PRESENT

C-print, 100 cm x 120 cm Courtesy of the artist

GALLERY SC//GALERIJA SC

ZAGREB, Savska 25

December 7-18, 2011

A view on contemporary art in Russia

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Featured artists:

Victor Alimpiev

Irina Korina

Sergey Sapozhnikov

The Factory of Found Clothes (FFC)

Arseniy Zhilyaev

ZAIBI group

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Curated by:

Elena Yaichnikova in collaboration with Slobodne veze/ Loose Associations

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Exhibition Once Upon a Present introduces a selection of contemporary artists from Russia, and as such, presents itself as a one-nation show. However, while following the line of national representation, it brings forward an antithesis of a traditional promotion of an image of country’s prosperity and power usually effectuated through the mechanisms similar to political propaganda and close to advertisement. Opposite to the idea of an over-visible national show-case, the exhibition seeks to point out to what remains in shadow and lies behind the decorum. Its intention is to touch the middle zone – that of haunting memories, invasive images, attempts, failures, hesitations, fears, unrealized dreams, fantasies, projections, hopes and aspirations for the future, which our present is made of (…)

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Izložba Once upon a Present/Bilo jednom u sadašnjosti predstavlja izbor radova suvremenih ruskih umjetnika i, kao takva, ne može pobjeći od etikete (jedno)nacionalne izložbe. Međutim, iako slijedi liniju nacionalne reprezentacije, ona ujedno naglašava antitezu tradicionalnoj proizvodnji slika prosperiteta i moći zemlje, koja se uglavnom ostvaruje mehanizmima nalik onima političke propagande ili oglašavanja. Nasuprot ideji prenaglašenog nacionalnog izlaganja, ova izložba nastoji ukazati na ono što ostaje u sjeni i nalazi se ispod površine. Namjera joj je dotaknuti prostor između, mjesto susreta proganjajućih sjećanja, invazivnih slika, pokušaja, neuspjeha, kolebanja, strahova, neostvarenih snova, fantazija, projekcija, nada i težnji za budućnost, svega onoga što sačinjava stvarnost. (…)

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Zahvale/Acknowledgements:
SC/ Kultura promjene, Ivet Ćurlin/ WHW, Bojan Gagić, Saša Šimpraga, Nicole Hewitt, Ana Hušman (ALU), Ana Kovačić (GMK), Queer Zagreb festival, Tonka Maleković, Davor Sanvincenti, ANA Elizabet.

Project supported by

Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Croatia & European Cultural Foundation (ECF)

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For the catalogue- please click on the link below

slobodne veze_ once upon a present

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Exhibition view:

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