Dear Natalia and everyone!!!
Didn’t get a chance to write yesterday. As I was printing invites to a show, trying to put all the equipment together. A friend of mine, Kirill, gave me his hd-ready projector to use in the show (its not full HD, but the quality is better then standard, its 1280×720 if im not mistaken). Blu-ray player I bought myself. And a friend of mine wrote me a disc, as I don’t have a blu-ray writer.
And I think this is a way it happens with most of the artists. You ask, you find, you try…to get some feedback on the show, on the ideas that interest you. But in proportions your efforts are so big and response is so small. My tutor from Goldsmiths Simon Bedwell founded an art collective named BANK during the 1990s and they did lots of shows in London …and he actually said that in the end they grew tired of existing with no money, working for weeks for just one evening, the opening. One of my favourite works by BANK is Press release 1999, where they corrected press releases (mistakes and meaningless philosophical sentences) and faxed them back to the galleries they arrived from…Brilliant institutional critique to my mind.
While I was running around yesterday I had to go to Central House of Artists (btw what do you think of the scandal about proposed demolition of the whole building and replacing it with a new one and residential housing!!!) New Tretyakov Gallery shares the same building and I went to see a show “Visions of dance. To the 100 anniversary of “Russian Ballets” of Serge Dyagilev in Paris”, co-curated by Zelfira Tregulova, who did an amazing show “Amazons of the Avant-Garde” in Guggenheim.
I was given boot mitts in the cloakroom to wear in Tretyakovka!!!! I was shocked more then usual because this is a thing you would wear only in hospitals in Russia…
Was astonished and chatted with invigilating lady about that. She said that its been reintroduced recently. And it is a very good idea. Many museums had this boot mitts policy, when she came to work in Tretyakovka in 1994 visitors had to put on fabric shoes with laces to go in…
Well back to the show. Was amazing. Sketches by Bakst, Benois, Goncharova, Larionov and load of original scenic suits!
10×10 original curtain for the ballet “Blue express” based on the sketch by Picasso from V&A
I have scanned few images from the catalogue for you, that particularly caught my attention
Sketch by Boris Anisfield 1911, for the costume of water stream and gold fish. From Sadko, Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, underwater world
Oda ballet 1928
From Kleopatra 1909, From Kleopatra 1918
Scheherezade 1910 single act drama, music by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Orientalism,clearly present in Scheherezade for example, got me thinking about Dagestan’s traditional costumes, and this strange perception of the East/the Other/Exotic in Russian culture. We (Caucasian nationalities) are perceived as the other now, we look different to Russians. I think we look quite similar to each other, Natalia). Its the nose, its always the big nose that gives away Caucasian ppl. Usually dark hair, and dark female facial hear, was harshly teased for that one in school. This strain of thought leads me to a certain racism towards Caucasian nationalities that is present in Russian, but I just don’t want to lead the discussion in that direction…
While looking at different costumes, settings and footages, I was thinking about my own works, how often I use anthropomorphic figures, creatures in my videos. This is a photo from a video work Karakul 2007 and Space of Celebration 2009 on the IAA website can be an example.
Was thinking of creating a full cover dress with shapes of our traditional kabalai dress
But there will be nothing but shape, no face, no colors, but one, no different fabrics,but black or white.And shooting a video, maу be a dance simulation…will try to develop it
That’s all for yesterday)