MOBILOGRAPHY. Yegor Abaturov
The gallery together with the ensemble Omnibus invites you on October 15, 2011 for the second experimental multimedia project called "Mobilography" by the young photo artist Yegor Abaturov.
Mobile photography is my means of searching, it's everyday recording of graphic artifacts of the urban environment. Shooting on the mobile phone itself has determined this genre and stylistic features of the images. And, even taking a professional camera, I continue this direction.
I'm more and more working with what I see every day around me in everyday life, so I have everything new - and themes too. This is a lot of expression. I always watch as a target hunter, and I'm always ready to make a precise shot. This is my creative life, and it reflects the search for the spirit through the vision. What, probably, is important in artistic creation. I do not show the city, I show the conditioning of the spirit through my works, as well as its desire to break out of conditioning. Creativity itself is already some freedom of spirit. By spirit I mean not something religious or esoteric, but the driving forces that make us evolve, such as aspirations and goals, dreams, intuition, imagination, thirst for the unknown, love. It is not by chance that in the oriental poetic tradition such a subtle substance as the spirit in man was figuratively called the city dweller of the body. But for a resident of large megacities even on a material level, there is some out-of-body existence, involvement in a wide range of new trends and trends, the rapidity of changes and regulation by social norms.
In general, a very interesting picture is obtained. Different themes are intertwined, some photos are added to diptychs, triptychs and in a series. I try to cut off all unnecessary. I summarize the topic for myself. I highlight findings, discoveries, style preferences, images, artifacts. Then the work is tied together with a theme, style, approach, foreshortening, gamma, color, etc. It is difficult to predetermine the result. There is an improvisation and a search.
Despite the nature of my pictures, realistic and truthful, not licked, like the streets, specially groomed for tourists, I still develop ideas of simplicity and purity of perception. More and more I prefer the minimalism and constructivism. As aesthetic directions of postmodern - this, at the same time, and visual codes of technological progress, serving modern existence as one cybernetic organism.
But the main goal in my photos is the search for simplicity and beauty in everyday life. Photography begins to influence the viewer when there is a vision of proportions, when emptiness is part of the whole, when the materials have a visual sound. This is an exposition aesthetics. When there is a point of view and a picture that can only be seen from the designated point of view. The streets of Europe, like many works of contemporary art, are created by this expo aesthetics. Modern visual culture has introduced the experience of artistic vision into the space of life. When enough of the necessary angle of view, so that nothing remarkable, quite ordinary, and often far from new texture and fragments of the urban environment became objects of modern art.
ALTER EGO. Teodor Radu Pantea (Romania)
Like many famous photographers, Theodore is crazy about showcases.
Often people in photos look like mannequins, and mannequins look like people.
This confusion amuses, and Theodore very well beats
this duality in their photos.
Alter Ego is a real or invented alternative person. Puppets of human size all the time fascinated me. They are so similar to us! Sitting, patiently waiting for us in the streets or in the windows, they call: "Look at this clothes, what a man has put on me!". We look at the clothes and never look at the expression of the dummies. They are our ALTER EGO. Sitting silently waiting ...
Have you ever looked into their faces? Have you ever looked for a possible connection between many mannequins sitting in special places? Have you noticed that they have their own expression? By this exhibition I want to answer these questions.
Mannequins are one of the projects of street photography that make up a small part of the universe. This exhibition is a gratitude for their smile and their presence. Walking along a familiar street, it's hard not to notice that ungrateful role intended for mannequins in our urban environment, which always bound us. They are dressed in expensive, and sometimes in cheap clothes, to draw attention to the brand and sell the goods, and we, without looking at the face, try on what we already wear a mannequin!
Fate condemned them to a constant silent immobile presence and indifference of many people. Many dolls, models of large sizes, look sad ... Try to look at them! They look indifferent, apathetic, and then become useless ...
The idea of this collection was formed when I discovered for myself their constant presence in my real life. When I realized that they can communicate with me, that I can be their partner, and not perceive them as an ordinary thing. When I silently asked permission to take a picture, I saw their wordless obedient consent. I have acquired many friends in their person who are anonymous and silent. Maybe tomorrow these "objects" will end their age in dusty warehouses, they will be replaced or the trend will change. These persons, like us, will eventually disappear into oblivion.
But I and the mannequin give an invitation for common coexistence, which few of us can accept and understand.
Theodor Radu Pantea
19 November Saturday 17.00 / 17:45 / 18:30
Collection Montparnasse Museum France
Music by Eric Satie
Man Ray video installation
November 19, 2011 in 1700 gallery and ensemble Omnibus continues the series of the project "Crossroads" and presents in the first in November, the third third project "Montparnasse"
The ensemble "Omnibus" and the gallery "Art & Fact" represent a series of multimedia projects "CROSSROADS". In September and October, the Tashkent audience saw two unique photo collections of AlterEgo, "the famous Romanian photo artist Theodor Radu" and Mobilography "Egor Abaturov." On November 19, the third project "Montparnasse" will take place, where we will see almost live artists, poets and musicians of the modern era.
The peculiarity of the series of multimedia projects "CROSSROADS" is that everything that we see is also announced: the opening of each exposition is accompanied by live music performed by Omnibus. This new unusual display format allows our viewer to feel the cultural space of the modern world in a completely new way. It would be customary to come to an art gallery at a photo exhibition, see photos, discuss them and calmly disperse. However, the main goal of the projects is to enable viewers to feel themselves in a completely new, special atmosphere, not only VISION, but also HEARING the exposition, the possibility of its voluminous perception.
For the photo exposure of Montparnasse, a musical program is selected, which, according to sensation, technique and genre, is closest to it. Surprises of the project, however, do not end here. Art objects of the artist Sergey will put spectators in a completely unconventional environment for the exhibition and make them not only witnesses of what is happening, but also the direct participants of this theatrical performance.
The music of the big city, which grew out of its noise, from the clear pulsation of its many faceted essence is not just musical sounds. Rhythm and endless repetition - that's its foundation. As early as the beginning of the last century, the French composer Erik Saty claimed: "My music is deeply industrial, it is music that is only a part of the ambient noise, any noise that attracts attention." It was Sati who discovered the principle of an infinite repetition of a short musical phrase for an infinitely long time. Play, "how much will fit"! Or "840 times, at will, but no more" ... His piano pieces we will hear in the project "Montparnasse".
Photo-video documents at the exhibition Montparnasse, offers a journey through time, returning us in the era of the twenties and thirties, to the very heart of Paris in the "World Village" on Montparnasse Street, where artists from different directions and cultures gathered. It was then that in this Parisian microcosm the bohemian life separated itself with a feeling of primary solidarity. Having collected a huge number of artists who have since become apologists each in their form of creativity, the then Montparnasse actually spawned the culture of the 20th century. Realizing the strength of the attraction of their World Village, the artists of Montparnasse developed an original art infrastructure based on creative and personal connections based in cafes where writers (Tzara, Apollinaire, Aragon ...), musicians (Stravinsky, Eric Sati), filmmakers (Cocteau), artists (Duchamp, Modigliani, Fujita, Man Ray) ... and, of course, beautiful muse (Kiki de Montparnasse). Becoming a means of developing ideas and bearers of a new culture, political and social ideas, the works of this exhibition express, first of all, the relationship of artists-neighbors in the shop. They were united and carried away with new ideas, forming groups that represent an essential strength of opposition. The fragile peace between the two world wars was blinded by the growing nationalism, the breath of colonial ideas. Great geopolitical turmoil shook the air of that era like thunderstorms, and left little room for self-expression.
Against this rapid disintegration of personality, the artists of Montparnasse insisted on their desire to exalt the man and the woman. They created for this "place-laboratory," the space of freedom, or, rather, a tribute to the freedom of expression. They vehemently resisted the obscurantism of the colonial spirit, whose dubious ethics imposed a system of superiority in human races to justify the advantage of the Western. Their group considered it a matter of honor to represent the cultural world wealth by combining the forms and expressions of human souls manifested in the cultures of Europe, as well as in Africa, Asia, America ... Montparnasus has since become a place of resistance against all forms of human violence against man. In advocating for pacifism, these artists nurtured their art with their ideas and ideals. Their conception of the destinies of mankind was based on the power of greatness recognized for each individual, thus creating the first elemental utopia.
Multimedia project «Montparnasse», offers, thus, a few guidelines that can serve as a guide to the Parisian world of the era, this handful of artists
Gypsy MADONNES. Alexander Barkovsky
February 25, 2012 in the ongoing series of multimedia projects "Crossroads", prepared by the gallery in conjunction with the Omnibus Ensemble, Tashkenters will be able to get acquainted with the collection of Alexander Barkovsky's "Gypsy Madonna". The author, a graduate of the Art College. PP Benkov, refers his collection to ethno-art.
His heroines belong to one of the most interesting ethnic groups of our region - the Central Asian gypsies (mugat, lyulya). With the help of a photo collage, the artist tried to create some fictional gypsy country against the backdrop of ancient Bukhara and Samarkand. Therefore, the work of the collection is closely related to the life and beliefs of the inhabitants of this country. Even when choosing the material and the way of their design, the author takes as a basis the cult objects accompanying the Roma at key moments in their life.
Symbolic, for example, wooden frames for these works, made in the style of children's cradles "Beshik", with chasing in the corners, as on wedding chests. And the passepartout to the photos is reminiscent of the traditional Bukhara hand-embroidered gold embroidery decorating their festive clothes.
Interesting effect gave the artist the use of unconventional printing techniques of his works. The usual photographic image was transferred to lithography. At the same time, black prints, originally printed on white paper, tinted with green tea, were then manually painted with watercolors.
Along with painting, installation, video art and other modern art, photography for Alexander Barkovsky is just one of the possible forms of utterance. And at this exhibition the photo collection is successfully supplemented by a video installation, made by a young artist based on the "Sistine Madonna" Raphael.
The corresponding musical program, compiled and performed by live musicians of Omnibus, helps create an atmosphere in which the locality and momentary nature of the plot acquire the necessary versatility.
TRANSITION. Viktor An
"Transition" - so simply called a photo exhibition, on which Art & Fact Gallery and the Omnibus Ensemble invite guests on March 17, 2012. The exhibition is simple and visually - on the genre photographs submitted by Victor An we see only how, for example, people are rushing around the usual underground passage, or children play in the city outskirts.
But it would be wrong to interpret the meaning of the exhibition only by what lies on the surface. Let's try to find your key to the collection of an experienced and complex photo artist.
Gradual transition from one stage to another represents both the life of mankind as a whole, and the life of an individual. The main discoveries people made at the dawn of civilization, in a period of direct perception of the surrounding world. They learned how to extract and use fire, tamed wild animals, invented a plow and wheel, invented writing and paper, gunpowder and guns.
Among the active creative minority, which carried away the rest of the inert mass, the people of art have always occupied a special place. Because they talked about the nature of man. So in ancient times, instinct forced artists to follow the natural beauty. A hero of the Renaissance became an artist who knows how to see the diversity of shades and transitions in the world's picture.
Just as an individual at the peak of his or her heyday makes the most of his experience, strength and health, and human society, with the transition to the path of scientific and technological progress, increasingly uses available resources. Although life became much more comfortable - a man more and more alienated from his natural essence, and the kingdom of reason inexorably turned into a realm of cold calculation ...
And people of art who know how to appreciate what nature has given them were the first to notice this transition. Despite the fact that, unlike the artists of the past, our contemporaries are more often governed by reason, the desire to manifest one's individuality and independence from the outside world, namely they have sounded the alarm ...
It is the artists who insist that art prevails over science and technology, that the impression is more important than counting, the word is more important than number, and the metaphor is more important than the formula. And, probably, therefore, they see the unity of the past, present and future in the life of man and humanity as a metaphor for the Transition.
Omnibus ensemble and "Art & Fact" Gallery start the next stage of the series of multimedia projects "CROSSROADS". Once again, for four months, we will get acquainted with the views of different artists on our world, immersing ourselves in the atmosphere of their perception. Again we will hear music born right here and now.
In February, within the framework of the project, the exhibition of the young artist, the creator of video and photoart, Alexander Barkovsky "The Gypsy Madonna" will be presented, in March we will see Victor An's conceptual photo art - in the project "Transition", April assumes the appearance of an entirely new experimental project "Popular Mechanics" , And in May a new exposition of the works of Dina Penson, the first woman in Uzbekistan, photo reporter, the daughter of the legendary Max Penson, is expected.
We will again fall into another dimension - with the help of the ensemble Omnibus, the audience will become both listeners and participants in the ongoing action.
The "Crossroads" series reaches a new level - the format of the show becomes even more fascinating and experimental. It is EXPERIMENT that is the key direction of all four projects. By itself, the format of exhibitions is already familiar to our viewers - the simultaneous vision and exposition of the exposition becomes clearer and more familiar. But in this series of projects the research principle is growing. Authors of photographs and photographs are experimenters in their time and space. A video installation is necessarily added to each of the projects (Sukhrob Nazimov will be the creator of three of them). In the space of the exhibition, artobjects of the remarkable artist Sergei Sedukhin organically exist. The sound component - improvisation in the style of musical minimalism - is immediately, incidentally, invented by musicians Omnibus'a.
Alexander Barkovsky, known as art hooligan, often shocking public with his complex art, creates his paintings, combining different artistic techniques. His photo collages the artist translates into a lithographic print, and then completes, already manually applying the paint. He is also the author of the video installation for his photo series.
Victor An - a famous Tashkent photographer, will help us to philosophically look at the world around us, and from completely unexpected sides. This photographer - one of the few who shoot today on film, believes that only the film is able to convey not only the image, but also the breath of the moment.
Dina Maksimovna Penson - the first professional woman in Ukraine, photo-correspondent, unique in the Central Asian region of the 50's. The era of great construction projects and the conquest of virgin lands in her works is manifested in persons and persons snatched from a human anthill
Without doubles. Dina Khodjaeva-Penson
Photographer, daughter of photographer
On the eve of the May presentation of the media project "Without doubles", which was prepared by the gallery "Art & Fact" together with the ensemble Omnibus, we talk with the famous Tashkent historian Boris Golender about the main author of the project, photographer Dina Penson-Khodjaeva:
Boris Golender: They lived in a one-story ancient building in the center of Tashkent, in Lazo Lane (where the current Prospect of Cosmonauts). In the 1920s and 1930s, almost all newspapers and magazines in Uzbekistan published Max Penson's photographs every day. During the war and immediately after it in Tashkent, a very popular "Photo-newspaper" with materials on the topics burning for Uzbekistan was published weekly, in which he was one of the main authors. Tens of thousands of photos were taken by him! The work of this master was so appreciated that a separate substation was built for him (since the light was often turned off) so that he could display, fix, print his pictures at night. Thanks to Max Zakharovich's fascination with photography and all his children became photographers, on his example seeing how interesting it is to work in this field.
When the earthquake occurred, his huge archive of Max Penson was overwhelmed and badly damaged. Dina Maksimovna and her husband, the remarkable documentary filmmaker Faizulla Khodzhaev, literally at risk for life kept his photos, still made on glass plates with a camera "Lake." (In general, unfortunately, such "glass" archives are very poorly preserved, but before that it was not given much importance).
The fact that today in the world know the name of the wonderful photographer-reporter Max Penson, in many respects their merit. Fayzulla Khodzhaev made a film and wrote the first book about him. And Dina Maksimovna, collecting all that touched his creativity, conversed and corresponded with art historians, gallery owners, and his father's colleagues. As a result of many years of such selfless activity, several photo albums of Max Penson were issued, exhibitions in different cities were organized. This, in turn, has raised the prestige of the whole of Uzbekistan's photo art in the world.
Max Penson was a great photographer. And the little girl, who was present at all stages of creating his works, received a very good school. Dina learned from her father the most important thing, which you can not learn in any university - to catch the moment, to see what ordinary eyes do not see.
In the album devoted to the work of Dina Penson, in my opinion, this is well illustrated.
Working at "Uzbekfilm" as a professional photographer, she shot the so-called "working moments" of the film process, which give an idea of the film itself. This was important, because if the film was not preserved, then at least there was a photo library to it.
Here are great photos of the post-war life of Europe, where she, the photo correspondent of "Uzbekfilm", was fortunate to be together with the actors. And look, she does not withdraw the Tower of London or the solemn departure of the guardsmen, or the Eiffel Tower in Paris. We see ordinary citizens: policemen in a random place, hippies on the street or, behold, the "Parisian janitor". At a time when the photography was dominated by officialdom, in her photographs, the daily life of European cities. This is not done today, when we all understand the importance of such a film, because it is the main part of our life. And she understood this in the 50-60's. And in this I continued the work of my great father.
In addition, these photos are made in a very good style, there is nothing superfluous in them. Nothing prevents to perceive what their author wanted to convey to us. This is the art of the photographer.
Dina Maksimovna - the master of the portrait, any of her portrait conveys personality. For example, guests of Tashkent are represented here: the great composer Dmitri Shostakovich, popular singers: the Bulgarian Biser Kirov, Edita Pieha, the Azerbaijani Zainab Khanlarova. But this applies not only to famous people, it also works with the same interest on portraits of a geologist, chauffeur, cotton grower. Modern photographers, alas, this skill is often deprived. And she caught the moment when people do not pose at all, they just work or communicate, as usual. Girl at the tandoor: "Hot cakes on a hot day" - a wonderful name! Such a love for people of all Pensons is different. Their photos do not look like millions of photos, on which some "pouted" brigade leader poses in the dressing room in the field.
By simple means, Dina Penson tries to express something important in our life. On the one hand, in the photo "Arteria of the Republic" seems to be nothing. And on the other hand, this is pure constructivism! If we look at the location of this photo in relation to the audience, then in the upper part we see these triangles, arrows - pure geometry, and below the maelstrom, which does not obey any geometric laws. The main idea of this work: chaos and geometry - are one. The author did not change anything here, but the thinking person will read this.
On Saturday, that is, on April 21, another project will be organized, organized by Omnibus Ensemble and Art and Fact Gallery, which will be called Popular Mechanics. This is the third pilot project this year, taking place within the CROSSROADS series. As for the opening time, it will again be split into 2 sessions. The first session will be held at 6 pm, and the second at 7, the program will be repeated.
Of course, this series of projects was not without surprises. A feature of this exhibition is that the viewer who came to the Popular Mechanics will be given the opportunity to feel like a musician. That is, we will have to ponder over the questions - where is the scene, and where is the exhibition space, who is the musician, and who is the spectator ...
The visual component of this project will be constructivist reports from the period of 1920-1930s with the construction of the Kattakurgan HPP, Chirchik building, the Tashkent plant "Photon" of unknown photojournalists of that period and photographs of contemporary foreign authors, for example, the photographer from Turkey Murad Herman. The creative spirit of this collection must resonate with the whole atmosphere of what is happening.
Here probably many listeners may have a question, what is constructivism? Constructivism is an artistic direction in the art of a number of European countries at the beginning of the 20th century, which proclaimed the construction not as a composition but as a design.
Supporters of constructivism, having put forward the task of "designing" the environment, actively directing life processes, aspired to comprehend the form-building capabilities of new technology, its logical, expedient designs, as well as the aesthetic capabilities of materials such as metal, glass and wood.
In general, coming to the opening of the project Popular Mechanics, you will again fall into another dimension - with the help of the ensemble Omnibus, the audience will become both listeners and participants in the ongoing action.
Crossroads of artistic styles, art forms, times and spaces, imposing them on each other will give viewers an amazing opportunity to "get lost" (in the good sense of the word, of course) in the exhibition space, to feel themselves inside a certain performance. The authors of the project suggest opening their inner potential and joining the newest phenomena of world culture.
A series of "Crossroads" projects, realized by the Art and Fact Gallery together with the Omnibus ensemble in 2011-2012, became a real event in the cultural life of Tashkent. Today, "Crossroads" are entering a new stage of development and turning into a creative laboratory. The uniqueness of the concept of the project lies in the fact that its components - music, video art, photographs, installations - are invented and implemented by all the participants together. For 5 days, a team of young artists and photographers will live as a single "commune" in the Art and Fact Gallery, creating a performance that will be presented to the people of Tashkent on January 13, 2013.
The theme of the project will be the youth movement - STREETART.
So, the next round of "Crossroads" projects is to attract new forces and opportunities to the creative process. We go beyond a simple combination of photos, video sequences and music tracks. The phenomena occurring in parallel are intertwined into a single synthetic canvas.
"Crossroads-striddans" - this is a new kind of performance, for our territory is uncharacteristic and unusual. This is far from an exhibition and not even the actions that took place in previous projects. What is to be seen by our viewers is closer, and perhaps even on the verge of a theatrical performance. After all, theater, like nothing else, uses all the feelings of a person, makes you feel, see and hear what is happening.
The idea of the creators of this project is that all kinds of art - music, photo, video, dance, as well as computer technologies, intertwine and sprout into each other in front of the audience. On the given theme - street dance - improvisations of participants of the project will be created - photographers, musicians, actors, dancers. These improvisations will take place in turn, during a certain time, and the leading improviser will necessarily be connected and others.
The goal is to awaken the maximum of creativity in all areas of human activity, expand its perception of the world. A photographer here can become a musician, a musician - a dancer, a dancer - a photographer. And anyone here can start an entirely new page of their creativity, try themselves in different qualities, learn their own possibilities.
DAILY DREAM. Samad Gorbanzadeh (Iran).
Omnibus Ensemble and Art and Fact Gallery present the multimedia project "Crossroads", within the framework of which the international exhibition of Iranian photographer Samad Gorbanzade will be held under the title "DAILY DREAM". The opening ceremony of the exhibition will be held on March 17, 2013 at 18:00
The works of Samad Gorbanzade reflect the inner side of the photographer and take us to a mysterious and gloomy atmosphere, where we are left alone with our presentiment and thoughts. Many photos of Samad depict a teenager, for whom time has stopped and now he is involved in a world of desires, fantasies, feelings and horror. The photographer places his hero in unfamiliar places and reflects the destruction and disappearance of the lost and forgotten world, which is just a wasteland and nothing more.
The author narrates about the state of his soul, reflects on the time space. "... The most sad songs people start to write when they are on the border of time, between heaven and earth, yesterday and today, with a cold smile on his face and a question in his head. Looking back at those events that occurred in the past, we fear with fear events that will occur in the future. " Does Samad Gorbanzade suffer from sleepwalking? Or is it just his day's wanderings, what came of turbulent dreams that do not allow them to leave? His works represent his soul, which carries us to a mysterious and incomprehensible mind, and they leave us there, with oppressive fears. The main personality in many of his photographs is a teenager whose time has stopped, he has not become more mature, and this is due to the load of desires, imagination, feeling and cruelty.
Simple photos with small details, simple lines, without twisting and their connection with visual games, its mysterious mind literally force the viewer to accept and understand them. The photos do not belong to the same period of time, neither the past nor the future, but at the same time they look like the remains of what humanity destroys - their memories, and they in turn easily return the past to people, and impose the transience of human values, and then outside of time and place, they make you fall into the trap of fear, which is a punishment for shameless sin, and is for you the same as for the majority - the fear of falling into the dark ravines of time. The masterful presentation of his works, which the public perceives so close to reality, being confident that they are examples, causes them (the public) to come closer to the subjective and material reality, which is like a pendulum between sleeping and real shocks.