May 28, 2014
May 25, 2014
Disparity and Demand
24 May–12 July 2014
Opening: Saturday, May 24, 2–7pm
4–6pm: A conversation about forms of affects with curator in residency Pedro de Llano, art critic Peio Aguirre and artists Babi Badalov, Mauro Cerqueira and Loreto Martinez Troncoso
La Galerie, Contemporary Art Centre
1, rue Jean Jaurès
Hours: Tuesday–Friday 2–6pm,
Saturday 2–7pm, and by appointment
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A proposal by Pedro de Llano, curator in residency
As part of the annual foreign curator in residency programme, La Galerie is welcoming Pedro de Llano (Spain).
The exhibition Disparity and Demand explores the role of affects in contemporary urban life, social networks and production systems. From domestic spaces to virtual environments, this exhibition addresses the interstitial spaces in which “effectivity” and “affectivity” struggle.
Disparity and Demand is also the title of one of Juan Luis Moraza’s works: deliberately technocratic, it wryly refers to the ambiguous status of contemporary affects. “Disparity” invites us to think about unequal relationships between individuals, but can also refer to the bureaucratic, commercial and virtual Leviathan. On the other hand, “demand” seems to suggest a kind of “vampirism” created by markets, governments and social networking that speculates upon emotions and that people have to deal with on a daily basis. Paris, a city where this bipolar nature of affects is always present and conflictual, as highlighted in much of the best contemporary French cinema (L’inconnu du lac (Stranger by the Lake) by Alain Guiraudie or Jeune et Jolie (Young and Beautiful) by François Ozon) seems to be an ideal place to start a conversation about this paradox.
An important inspiration for the exhibition was “The Affectivist Manifesto” (2008) by Brian Holmes in which he defines affect as a “shared reality”—”a split from the private self in which each person was formerly enclosed, and from the social order which imposed that particular type of privacy or privation.” This concept indicates the different scales in which affect acts: intimacy, society, the virtual world with all their possible levels or internal nuances: friendship, family, love, nation, culture, etc. The exhibition reflects the concept of expanding the private sphere to social space: it grows in a spiral movement centred around the intimate character of Juan Luis Moraza’s work. It then expands via the works installed in the rooms facing the street, with a more intense social vocation, such as the “diagrams” by Ricardo Basbaum, the stories by Loreto Martínez Troncoso or Babi Badalov’s efforts to get the political refugee status in France—dissolving the boundaries between the interior and exterior of La Galerie.
March 21, 2014
|Gandy gallery presents Babi Badalov – Nikolay Oleynikov – EASTERIAArchive | Information & News
|Babi Badalov – Nikolay Oleynikov EASTERIAOpening reception: Tuesday March 10 th from 18.00 to 20.00 in presence of the artist Exhibition March 11,2014 – May 9,2014“Hysterical Materialism”From now on, we claim that hysteria should be considered not as an incidental misfortune of singular individuals in bourgeois society, but as an open possibility and a driving force for the class struggle.…the first thing about hysterical symptom is that it has a certain historical background and refers back to a certain event in the past, a traumatic event, perhaps, deeply forgotten by the hysterical subject. Something deeply forgotten thus nevertheless makes us know about it through a hysterical symptom. Hysteria therefore can be regarded as a kind of memory, an embodied memory, a memory whose subject is a material body of the patient. Hysteria thus presupposes history, and hysterical materialism can take the historical materiality of the hysterical body as its starting point. As Walter Benjamin says, the angel of hysteria looks back at the past, which still needs to be redeemed, and a hysterical symptom as a memory of the forgotten each time reveals a certain crack in the present, where a traumatic event dwells. Only that hysterical will have the gift of fanning the spark of hope in the past who is firmly convinced that even the dead will not be safe from the enemy if he wins.
– Oxana TimofeevaOxana Timofeeva is a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Philosophy of Russian Academy of Science and currently a Humboldtian Fellow at Humboldt University in Berlin. She is a member of Russian collective “Chto Delat?” (“What is to be Done”?), and the author of books “Introduction to the Erotic Philosophy of Georges Bataille (2009, Moscow, in Russian) and “History of Animals: An Essay on Negativity, Immanence and Freedom” (2012, Maastricht).Gandy gallery is very pleased to present a joint exhibition by BABI BADALOV and NIKOLAY OLEYNIKOV. This is the second time that Babi has exhibited his work at the gallery in Bratislava.BABI BADALOV was born in Lerik(1958), a small town near the Iranian border in the Talysh region of Azerbaijan, to an Azeri father and a Talysh mother. After serving two years in the Soviet Army, he moved to Leningrad (St. Petersburg) in 1980, where he quickly became a leading underground artist and a member of the unofficial artists group TEII.Badalov participated in numerous art shows with the group in Russia and abroad. In the late 1980s, he met artists Vadim Ovchinnikov and Timur Novikov, members of the New Artists Group, and became involved in a variety of their projects and art campaigns.
Badalov always found different ways of expressing his ideas through art objects, paintings, installations and live performances. He also tested himself on the movie set of avant-garde Russian film director Evgeniy Kondratiev.In addition to his visual explorations, Badalov experiments with words and writes obscure poetry, mixing the languages and mentalities of different cultures. Even though Russian is not his first language,he won the Pushkinskaya 10 poetry contest.
In 1990, Badalov mysteriously disappeared from the St. Petersburg art scene and became a legendary figure, and an inspiration and a role model for younger generations of Russian artists.
Today, Badalov continues to exhibit around the world and develop his new ideas. His latest concept was a series of ecological art objects called Dolls for Adults, where he isolated the plastic of nature inside his own clothes. He is also working on a number of visual projects dedicated to linguistic explorations, questioning how a person can become the victim of a language barrier, trying to untangle the confusion of the Cyrillic/Latin mix.
His latest exhibitions are Manifesta 8 in Murcia/Cartagena, Spain, The Watchmen, the Liars, the Dreamers in Le Plateau, Center For Contemporary Art, Paris and Lonely at the Top in MuHKA, Museum of Contemporary Art, Antwerp,RE-ALIGNED ART» Tromsø Kunstforening, Norway,15 th Jakarta Biennale,and in 2014 “Report on the Construction of a Spaceship Module”, New Museum, New York,and a solo exhibition 2010 “My life Report In Paris” Tranzit Display gallery, Prague and 2013 “PORTO – ΠOPTO” A Certain Lack of Coherence, Porto
NIKOLAY OLEYNIKOV (1976) is a Moscow based artist and activist, member of Chto Delat?, editor for Chto Delat? newspaper, member of editorial board of Moscow Art Magazine (2011), co-founder of the Learning Film Group, and May Congress of Creative Workers, member of the Arkady Kots band. Known for his didactic murals and graphic works within the tradition of the Soviet monumental school, comics, surrealist-like imaginary and punk culture. Represented worldwide by his solo projects as well as with number of collective activities, Oleynikov has had numerous international shows including Fargfabriken, Stockholm; Musée d´Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris – MAM/ARC, Paris; Serralves Museum, Porto; Cittadellarte – Fondazione Pistoletto, Biella; Museo dell Arte Contemporaneo Luiggi Pecci, Prato; Ammirato Culture House, Lecce; Lungomare, Bolzano; KOMPLOT, Bruxelles; X BALTIC TRIENNALE in Vilnius; KIBLA, Maribor; <rotor>, Graz; Welling School, London; State Tretyakov Gallery and Paperworks Gallery, Moscow. Oleynikov is an author of a book SEX of the OPPRESSED, Moscow, 2013-14
Oleynikov’s part of this significant duo’s display features a selection of graphics works which has been included in his recently published book Sex of the Oppressed (Moscow, 2013). This selection of works is eloquent; a collection can be defined as a self-portrait, a synthesis of ideas and interest, dreams and utopias. It is deeply personal. So Oleynikov’s Romantic Collection evokes a more intimate dimension, witnessed by the format of the works. Each one is like a refrain; a part of a song that becomes an intimate narration. Using the very intimate medium of hand drawings and ink on paper, Oleynikov brings together personal reactions and intimacy in a very political way, reflecting the dramatic changes recently experienced by Russian society, and more precisely resonating with the so called “anti-gay law” and its possible consequences. A new series of known Oleynikov’s textile works made especially for EASTERIA are the flags based on punk-surrealist-like story of the death of Marat. Marat though is represented as a dog-headed androginous beast involved equally in political, creative and sexual actions.
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