In association with the Institute for Contemporary Art (ICA) Moscow, Calvert 22 will present new work from a selection of emerging artists from Russia including, Tanya Akhmetgalieva, Olga Bozhko, Alexander Ditmarov, Yulia Ivashkina, Sergey Ogurtsov, Taus Makhacheva, Anya Titova, Arseniy Zhilyaev between 23rd March and 29th May. The unique presentation, conceived as an annual event, aims to convey a vivid sense of current artistic practice in Russia and introduce a new generation of artists and perspectives to the UK.
The participating artists have been co-selected by Joseph Backstein (Director of ICA, Moscow and Commissioner of the Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art) and David Thorp (Calvert 22 Associate Artistic Director) and drawn from the ICA, Moscow and the prestigious START programme, established by the Winzavod Centre for Contemporary Art in order to promote and develop young artists from across Russia.
The title for this exhibition is loosely derived from the seminal text by theorist, Michel de Certeau, The Practice of Everyday Life, in which he combined his various academic, psychoanalytic and spiritual interests to develop a theory of the productive and consumptive activity inherent in everyday life and to show how people will ultimately always individualise mass culture, appropriating and altering all range and types of everyday ephemera to make them their own. Certeau’s proposals are neither definitively the study of “popular culture”, nor necessarily the study of everyday resistances to regimes of power. Instead, Certeau attempts to show that everyday life works by a process of poaching on the territory of others, using the rules and products that already exist in culture in a way that is influenced, but never wholly determined, by those rules and products.
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