time flies like an arrow; fruit flies like a banana -
(A screening featuring short films by Sofia Gavrilova, Sasha Litvintseva and Alex Anikina; curated by Sasha Burkhanova.)
To continue exploring the theme of art and language, initiated by Olga Bozhko in her current show at Pushkin House РЫБЫ НЕМЫ / РАБЫ НЕ МЫ ('FISHES ARE DUMB / WE ARE NO SLAVES’), this screening and discussion aims to add to Bozhko's subject by bringing together the practices of three emerging Russian-born artists - Sofia Gavrilova, Sasha Litvintseva and Alex Anikina.
In their work the three artists succeed in undoing and manipulating the traditional language of the video-essay genre. They experiment with visual and textual narrative by floating among voices and points of view that are present in each video - a narrator, a landscape, and a protagonist. Just like Bozhko, they enjoy playing language games with their audience. Gavrilova explores the mediated post-soviet landscape, Litvintseva the theory of immortality, and Anikina’s the coupling with technology in the creation of a god-like omniscient being. The worrisome gaps in contemporary visual language are addressed with the help of digital camera, a laptop, and a distinctive sense of humour mixed with cynicism.
THE STRUCTURE OF THE EVENT:
- A brief tour of the Olga Bozhko exhibition by its curator Elena Zaytseva
- A short introduction to the screenings by curator Sasha Burkhanova
- Screenings (30 mins):
1. Immortality, home and elsewhere, by Sasha Litvintseva 12:28 / HD video / 2014
2. Territorial Integrity, by Sofia Gavrilova 06:02 / HD video / 2014
3. Some Entropy in Your Tea, by Alex Anikina 8:15 / HD video / 2013
4. Aleph, by Alex Anikina 02:28 / HD video / 2014
- After the screenings there will be a panel discussion with the artists, chaired by Sasha Burkhanova and Q&As with the audience
Sasha Litvintseva was born above the arctic circle in the Russian North, brought up in Moscow, and has lived in London since 2004. A graduate of the Slade School of Fine Art she is currently working on a PhD by practice at Goldsmiths, University of London. Her work has been shown in solo and group shows worldwide, including the Union Pacific, London, Wroclaw Biennial, Poland, Contemporary Art Museum of Bogota, Institute of Contemporary Art, London, IMT Gallery London, Palazzo Flangini, Venice, Carlos Ishikawa gallery, London, Beeldende Kunst, Arnhem, Image/Movement, Berlin, AC Institute, New York, and film festivals including Ann Arbor, Edinburgh Film Festival, Kasseler Dokfest, Festival Du Nouveau Cinema, Montreal, Kino Der Kunst, Chicago Underground Film Festival, Antimatter Film Festival and Alternative Film and Video Festival, Belgrade. She was twice nominated for the Golden Key award, and her film Evergreen has been released on DVD by Filmarmalade in 2015.
Sofia Gavrilova was born in Moscow and got her first degree in geography, then a PhD degree in Cartography. She graduated from the Moscow School of Photography and Multimedia, class of art-photography, in 2012. Gavrilova works with spaces and places and their representations, spatial identities on the edge of psyhogegoraphy, mental mapping and other interdisciplinary art practices. She mostly works with photo, video and installations. Gavilova lives and works in Moscow and Oxford, where she is working on her PhD project in Cultural Geography. The artist was nominated twice for the Kandinsky Art Prize (2012, 2013 – shortlisted) and holds a special Stella Art Foundation Prize for young artists of Innovation (2014) and she is a laureate of the Silver Camera Prize (2011).
Alex Anikina was born in Kolomna, and currently lives and works in London. She is an artist-researcher working primarily with texts, language-based works, experimental films and objects. She is currently undertaking a practice-based PhD at Goldsmiths, and both her artistic and academic practices revolve around the exploration of human relationship with technology and knowledge. Recent shows include a two-artist show at Dray Walk Gallery and Customer Experience at the VI Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art. Anikina received an award for Best Experimental Short at the London Independent Film Festival. Her works are in the collection of National Centre for Contemporary Arts, Moscow.
Sasha Burkhanova is a London-based curator and art writer, specialising in the political and philosophical aspects of collaborative art production. A graduate of Goldsmiths, University of London, she is currently undertaking PhD research at the University of Greenwich and works as an exhibition curator at Maxim Boxer Modern & Contemporary Art. Meanwhile, her independent curatorial projects have been exhibited at galleries and museums throughout London (176 Gallery, Hanmi Gallery, Display London, GRAD Gallery) and Moscow (MMoMA, National Centre for Contemporary Art). In 2014 her curatorial project “Dreaming Machines” was selected for the special program of IV Moscow International Biennale for Young Art, and in 2015 she was invited to participate in the VI Moscow Biennale of contemporary art with two exhibitions. She is a contributing art writer at GARAGE magazine.
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