Allergy to dust

September 04 - October 26, 2014

Marina Gisich Gallery opens the new season with the exhibition by Tanya Akhmetgalieva “Allergy to dust”. The first part of the project was recently at the display at the exhibition “Contemporary drawing” in the State Russian Museum.
The artist has overcome the “applied arts” nature of the education she has received and made the traditional materials and traditional technique speak the language of contemporary art. T. Akhmetgalieva started quite successfully, since she has managed to refresh the media arsenal of contemporary art.
Following the words of Irina Karasik, one of the curators of the exhibition “Contemporary drawing”, the author “is almost imitating the process of drawing in embroidery technique, and via fixing this substitution there’s the additional intrigue for perception”. Telephones and TV-s of the out-of-date models – the objects which are already thrown down from the “modern age” ship; they turn out to be the objects with “pop-art” attraction.
Elena Yushina, curator: “The spectator finds himself in a space of the gallery-room and lost in thoughts about the present day, making the attempt to switch off for some time the non-stop information flow which enters his life, but could it be possible? Irregular electric power supply, broken lightening, dangling needles-wires, “burning” telephones rush in his personal space again and again.
The soviet attributes of connection and the “red telephone” by Akhmetgalieva remind us about the time of existence of “Moscow-Washington hotline” which was launched in 1963 after the Cuban missile crisis for the urgent connection between the enemy-sides during the years of the Cold war.
The informational dust which is pouring from all around step by step is filling in the brain cells, leaving no place for the self-reflection and stepping aside. We lose control under the oxygen supply. The allergic reaction helps to turn back to the past, and the surrounding soviet telephones start us sneezing…
Are we able to manage with reception of the outside world signals? Public and private, far and close, each of us keeps the struggle inside him…”