The World Is Overflowing with Either Rubbish Or Our Memories curated by Varvara Busova

Taman is an archaeologically diverse region, a crossroads of cultures and a welcoming oecumene, enjoying the breezes off the Sea of Azov and the Black Sea. It is the Taman Peninsula and its distinctive history that are the focus of the research project carried out by curator Varvara Busova. From time immemorial, people have been reusing household items and cult objects, building materials and burial structures by readjusting them to fit their changing needs. Sometimes this process owed itself to human nature, such as laziness, frugality, lack of time and opportunity to extract a new resource. And at other times – to external factors. What were these factors in Taman? The lack of building materials on the peninsula forced Ancient Greek settlers, Khazars and Turks to reuse building parts and architectural components. The natural landscape became a cultural one as a result of the painstaking efforts of the people who built the first roads in the area. Tall burial mounds became collective tombs for different cultures spanning from the Bronze Age to the turn of the millennia.

Today everyone is talking about upcycling, which is rooted in secondary use and associated with the creative transformation of unnecessary objects into art (e.g. swan sculptures made of tyres, rugs weaved from candy wrappers, etc.). As part of the upcoming exhibition, we have invited artists to reflect on the local archaeological context of ancient upcycling and reuse from the ritual, economic and status standpoint. Because of the wide response of musicians, sculptors and performance artists, this scientific art exhibition has acquired additional narratives and subplots.
14 April – 13 June 2021
Alexander and Svetlana Roschenko are a duo of Krasnodar-based artists. They have participated in The Art of Excellence (Pop-Up Space, Winzavod CCA, Moscow, Russia, 2020); UNI Graphica (Krasnodar Regional Art Museum, Russia, 2019); the parallel programme of the 8th Moscow International Biennale of Contemporary Art ( Assemblage Point, the Gallery on Peschanaya, Moscow, Russia, 2019); the International Novorossiysk Biennale of Contemporary Art (Novorossiysk, Russia, 2017). Their works can be found in private collections in Russia, Switzerland, France and Germany.

Alexander and Svetlana Roschenko
Barbara Wildenboer works with series of collages, photo and paper constructions, found objects, and sculpture. Her trademark 'altered books' function as narrative clues, intertexts or 'subtitles' accompanying the other works, referring to subject matter ranging from the History of Art, Archaeology, Astronomy and Physics. She uses a combination of analogue and digital processes to create work that explores connections between the realms of science, including Astronomy, History and Psychology, and related themes of superstition, intuition, premonition, and predestination. Wildenboer's book project, Library of the Infinitesimally Small and Unimaginable Large, is an ongoing large-scale project that uses the library as a metaphor for the universe, which was inspired by a short story by the Argentinian writer Jorge Luis Borges titled The Library of Babel.

Barbara Wildenboer
Valery Pchelin is a sculptor and designer. He has participated in more than fifty exhibitions, sculpture symposia, residencies and art fairs in Russia, Europe, South America and Asia. Pchelin's works are featured in the collections of the State Russian Museum and the Krasnodar Art Museum of Fine Arts, as well as in private collections.

Valery Pchelin
Dagnini is a Moscow-based artist. She works with dynamic performances, creates objects, installations, paintings and graphic art. The main subject of her research is 'glitches' both in digital space and in reality. In 2020, Dagnini was awarded the Innovation Prize in the New Generation category.

Carolina Dutca and Valentin Sidorenko. Valentin Sidorenko works with animation, photography and documentary filmmaking using the observation method in his practice that revolves around the concept of time. Carolina Dutca works with photography, video, installation and text. In her practice she delves into the themes of relationships, home, nature, and memory. Exhibitions and screenings of Dutca's works have been held in the Czech Republic, Serbia, Germany, France, Romania, Guyana, Brazil, Russia, Ukraine, Moldova and Transnistria. Represented by Millennium Images, UK.

Carolina Dutca and Valentin Sidorenko
Mayana Nasybullova is a Moscow-based artist, a member of the Russian Union of Photographers and a participant in the first Garage Triennial of Russian Contemporary Art (Garage Museum, Moscow, Russia, 2017). Her project about prison culture and the fate of prisoners in Russia, To Spite the Motherland, was born following her extensive research of the phenomenon of memory. Her works can be found in museums and private collections.

Mayana Nasybullova
Maria Alexandrova is an artist from Omsk and a member of the Nadenka (since 2015) and No Excuses (since 2020) art collectives. Alexandrova's chief medium is textiles, her main areas of interest being feminist epistemologies, care practices, reproductive labour, interspecies collaboration. She participated in the First Feminnale of Contemporary Art (Bishkek), the first Garage Triennial of Russian Contemporary Art at the Garage Museum, the parallel programme of the Ural Industrial Biennale, the Art Prospect international public art festival as well as other Russian and international festivals and exhibitions.

Maria Alexandrova
Nastia Zhegal creates sculptures, installations, photography and paintings. She has participated in the shows at the Moscow Museum of Modern Art (MMOMA), 25Kadr Gallery, the Integration Museum, the ZDES on Taganka Gallery, Solyanka VPA, Artplay Design Centre, DOCA-2019 (the Days of Contemporary Art international festival)

Nastia Zhegal
BUSINKI art collective is a Krasnodar-based group of three women artists: Yulia Shafarostova, Ira Afanasyeva and Katrin Kovalenok. The collective was formed in the spring of 2020, during the COVID-19 pandemic, when the whole world was put on hold and plunged into isolation. BUSINKI create installations, works on paper and objects that develop, promote and sacralise everyday and trivial subjects. They are residents of the Typography Center for Contemporary Art in Krasnodar and winners of the Digital Dreams competition (organised by the Qatar – Russia Cultural Creative Agency).

BUSINKI art collective
Yana Vasilyeva is a Krasnodar-based artist and researcher working with photography, installation and sculpture. She is a recipient and finalist of numerous international photo awards: International Photography Awards, USA; Prix de la Photographie Paris; Fine Art Photography Awards, London; Julia Margaret Cameron Award for Women Photographers; GoSee Awards, Berlin, etc. Her projects have been exhibited internationally in biennales and festivals such as Berlin Foto Biennale, Germany; Incart Festival d'Art Contemporari and Barcelona Foto Biennale, Spain; Head On Photo Festival, Australia; International Festival of Photography PhotoVisa, Russia; Pingyao International Photography Festival, China. Participant of festivals and exhibitions, including the Berlin Photobiennale; Festival of Contemporary Art, Spain; Head On Festival, Australia; PhotoVisa International Festival of Photography; Pingyao International Photography Festival, China; Palm Springs Art Museum, USA; CICA Museum, South Korea.

Yana Vasilyeva
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