CASH: IX Shiryaevo Biennale of Contemporary Art




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Victoria Gallery
9.08 – 25.08

Curator: Martin Shcibli /Sweden/
Artists: Heath Bunting, Juan Castillo, Oleg Elagin, Klas Eriksson, Calle Holck, Hiwa K, Vladimir Lugotov, Tonka Malekovic, Jesper Nordahl, Raketa, Oliver Ressler, Stefan Rusu, Marinella Senatore, Sunshine Socialist Club, Vladimir Us and Jarek Sadlek, Łukasz Surowiec, Andrey Syaylev, Alexander Verevkin, Artur Żmijewski

Association for Travelling exhibition, a group of artists that organized themselves 1870 in order to on the one hand protest against the more academic art world at the time, on the other hand they also wanted to connect to a larger audience. The group is more known under the name the wanderers (the Peredvizhniki).
The wanderers were interested in depicting the real social situation at their time. The artists were socially engaged in the unjust situation at their time. The farmers, worker, the poor, etc functioned both as a motif for the artists, as well as an intended audience. The artists wanted to reach out to people outside the more elastic art world and make a positive contribution.  The motifs are aimed for a more or less realistic image of the motifs, without any hidden agendas. In that perspective, their art was less revolutionary as later Malevich and the Russian Avante-garde. On the other hand, in the final exhibitions, the works of the wanderers were usually presented in a more traditional exhibitions format, and sometimes with an entrance fee, that once again excluded the poorer audience, that was the aim from the beginning. The painting was functioning as some kind of screen presenting the real, and at the same time, enabled also viewer to both be part of the real, without being in it. The surface – or the “screen” – worked in both directions.
Today, this question on how to reach out to an audience is still valid, and to some the most important question of today, the artist, the institutions, the curators, usually want their works and exhibitions to be important to more people than just those belonging to the specific art world, and the audience that are used to go for exhibitions.
Today, more and more artists are travelling the world, with a more intense speed between the destinations then their earlier colleagues. Participatory projects are now standard procedure in every biennale. The question could be raised as follows: Have the wanderers of yesterday, become today’s backpackers, artists that travel around the world, and engage themselves in participations involving an audience, both as the subject of the art project, and as the specific audience for the project.
This exhibition aims to give an introduction and an orientation on different artistic strategies to engage with an audience. Many of these projects both serve as interventions in the real world, and simultaneously, as artworks, and as such, they could be defined as suggested social models for the future.
The exhibition will include artists from different countries and generations like.
Martin Schibli

Catalog 2013