Travelling exhibition VoTH
VoTH is a cultural exchange project with the Russian Federation, initiated by Ine Lamers and Marjan Teeuwen (organization of the exhibitions and the catalogue Marjan Teeuwen/ KW_14). The core of the exhibition VoTH is to investigate the way 8 Russian and 8 Dutch contemporary art practices analyze and reflect upon aspects of Russian contemporary society, culture and history.
All artists created new work for this exhibition. Intensive and numerous movements to and from this immense country form.
Krasnoyarsk Museum Centre: 20 August - 23 September 2010 Hermitage Kazan (with support from DSM/ DNP): 3 October – 17 October NCCA
Ekaterinburg branch of the National Center for Contemporary Art, Ekaterinburg Museum of Fine Arts:
28 October - 20 November
Moscow MOMA : 17 December 2010- 23 January 2011
Yaroslavl Art Museum: 18 February - 27 March 2011
Stedelijk Museum ‘s-Hertogenbosch/ CBK ’s-Hertogenbosch: 28 May - 21 August 2011
Participating Dutch artists are: Paul Kooiker, Daya Cahen, Paulien Oltheten, Natasja Kensmil, Aliona van der Horst, Jasmijn Visser, Ine Lamers, Marjan Teeuwen, Katarina Zdjelar.
Participating Russian artists are: Ksenia Galiaeva, Andrei Roiter, Victor Alimpiev, Alexandra Demenkova, Provmyza, Arkady Nasonov, Chto Delat and Roman Wolgin.
Holland has special historic ties with Russia, yet collaboration and exchange in the field of contemporary art has not been developed intensely. VoTH wants to discover in which ways contemporary artistic positions can be a binding force. While manifestations of and views on art may differ considerably in various positions in VoTH, a common ground is that they explore existential and cultural questions.
VoTH is informed by the view that a transfer to a different culture (in this case Russian culture) goes beyond a simple incorporation of visual elements or clichéd translations. Rather than by unequivocalness and predicitbility, the works created are characterized by ambiguity and individual engagement. Both the nomadic nature of the artist’s position and the current social and economic relationship between the West (Holland) and Russia place the exhibition in contemporary international discourse.
Art thrives particularly well at the interface of outsider and insider, where the polarities of distance and proximity take place alternately. Inhabiting a distance, the outsider oversees the whole and has an innovative perspective on it; with a personal sensitivity he may penetrate to the very core, the heart of the matter. This dual position, which we find embodied in the practice of the travelling artist, is an excellent position for autonomous reflective artistic gesture. Continually engaging themselves these artists produce works that reflect on Russia the broadest sense.
Obviously, the starting points are different for the Russian and Dutch participating artists of VoTH respectively.
Having been brought up and educated in the Russian Federation (USSR), the Russian artists can be called insiders. They have in common that they have distanced themselves from their home country (temporarily or permanently, studying in the Netherlands or carrying out projects). Through travelling they disconnect from their familiar surroundings. As such, they embody the position of the outsider, if only temporarily.
For the participating Dutch artists the dual position is balanced otherwise than is the case with the Russian practices: the Dutch have been travelling to Russia and worked there. They are strangers in the Russian Federation, but at the same time they temporarily try to get close to the subjects.
For both Russian and Dutch artists it is the precarious oscillation between distance and proximity that produces the right attitude to touch upon the essential issues of the human condition.
The exhibition is accompanied by a catalogue.
VoTH has been realised with the support of Fonds BKVB Amsterdam, Wilhelmina Jansen Fonds, the Dutch Embassy in Moscow, DSM/ DNP, BKKC, the lokal autority of ‘s-Hertogenbosch and Stichting Stokroos.
For more information Marjan Teeuwen/ KW_14