Artist Talk: Emily Newman (USA), Polytechnical Fairytales Video, Presentation and Screening


15.06.2012, 18:30-20:00 Friday

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Program: [Educational projects]

The PRO ARTE Foundation
Supported by the Mikhail Prokhorov Foundation
within Program for Young Practicing Artists
June 15, 2012 (Friday) 6.30 pm
Artist Talk: Emily Newman (USA), “Polytechnical Fairytales” Video, Presentation and Screening
EmilyNewman: wasborninSingaporein 1977 andreceivedherMFAfromCalArtsin 2004. Emily Newman has exhibited a lot in the US and Europe and is represented by the Klaus Von Nichtssagend gallery in New York City. At present she is in charge of the TOKAMAK summer residency program based on the island of Soumenlinna in Helsinki (Finland).
At her talk in the PRO ARTE Foundation Emily Newman will present the new project Polytechnical Fairytales she has developed in collaboration with St.Petersburg artist Eugenia Golant.
In the 1960s a new neighborhood sprang up on the outskirts of St. Petersburg -- named after the local Polytechnical University, the area would be called “Polyteknicheskaya”. One of the first Soviet-planned suburbs, it embodied the optimistic spirit of the “thaw”, and those who were given private apartments in its modern blocks were considered a fortunate elite. Fifty years later, residents live on beyond the vision of the original planners, while the area’s institutes operate in facilities that look abandoned to outsiders and cherry trees planted by pre-revolutionary aristocrats grow at the feet of high rises. In the shadow of yet another oncoming scheme to redevelop, the landscape and the ideology it represents, is rapidly changing. In Polytechnical Fairytales Emily Newman and Eugenia Golant  have captured these changes in painting and on video.
 Admission free
3 Peter and Paul Fortress (Nevskaya kurtina, left wing), PRO ARTE lecture space
Tel: 233 00 40, 233 05 53
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