Tired People: A New Exhibition at HSE ART GALLERY
From October 8 to November 14, 2021, the HSE ART GALLERY is hosting an annual exhibition of works by students and teachers at the HSE Art and Design School. Curated by Alexandra Kuznetsova, Yulia Yusma, and Diana Machulina, the exhibition’s theme is fatigue, which has become a way of life for people. The artists offer viewers a multidisciplinary study of the current state of humanity and society. The HSE News Service visited the exhibition to learn more about the artists.
A tired person, a modern person… In their works, the exposition participants are trying to figure out how people’s condition resonates with reality, why we tire and what we get tired of. More than 140 students and teachers from the HSE Art and Design School present clothing for work and leisure from fashion, performances and video art, installations and photography, posters and paintings created in 2020.
A group of students from HSE University in St. Petersburg presented the installation ‘Grandad Vasily’, which is dedicated to the older generation. ‘We were thinking about old age, about the lifeline and the collective image of a person, thinking about what surrounds him in general and what remains with him,’ says Mirra Orshanskaya, a second-year student in the Communication Design programme. ‘We recreated the fate of a person who has preserved some things over a long life, which are already creating him.’
Mirra says that when the art object was exhibited at HSE University in St. Petersburg, it also had a soundtrack: recorded (sometimes secretly) stories of relatives. However, in the HSE ART GALLERY, the installation is exhibited without sound and in a different composition: ‘During the dismantling “Grandad Vasily” fell, and it seemed metaphorical, as he was reborn in some way. He’s been partially re-created: he is a tired man who put himself together.’
Varya Kabanova, one of the ‘Grandad’ creators, acknowledges that they spent several weeks looking for objects for the installation: the girls collected boxes in Pyaterochka and Diksy stores, asked for things from relatives and their teacher, and found items in landfills, garbage cans, and flea markets. ‘We carefully selected what could suit the installation. It is important that it gathers into a whole picture and really conveys how a person lives,’ says Varya, drawing attention to the fact that the project enables us to think once again of how we value our loved ones.
We would like to highlight once again how important it is to be attentive to the elderly, to preserve our memory of them, to take care of their belongings
The installation ‘Bury me in mushroom spores’, created using a technique involving high-quality printing on non-woven materials, is the thesis project of Evgenia Erofeeva, a graduate of the master's programme in Illustration and Printed Graphics. The author admits that she has been visually fascinated with mushrooms since childhood. Over time, the topic of spores interested her from an ecological perspective.
‘I am a big fan of spores, and in particular the idea of an eco-friendly burial without using non-degradable materials,’ says Evgenia. ‘I was inspired by several research projects related to helping a deceased person decompose in the ground with the help of fungal spores without harming the environment. There is a sense of decadence in this transformation from a person into spores.’ She adds that the feeling of fatigue, lack of support and feeling oneself in abstraction is like a mushroom spore that has no centre.
In addition to unusual installations, guests also watched several performances. One of them, resembling a walk with an egg on a spoon, was created by Elizaveta Shar, a second-year students in the Design and Contemporary Art programme.
‘My performance is called "The Way of Life", an allusion to a competition in which children carry some round objects, including eggs, on spoons: they run around completely focused on them,’ explains the artist.
I projected this children's competition on our daily life, in which we sometimes focus so much on our disturbing thoughts and obsessive unwanted ideas that we don't notice anything around us
Four other students in the Art and Design School participated in the performance. The author of ‘The Way of Life’ warned them that they can finish the performance only by dropping the egg; otherwise, the performance must continue until the end of the event.
You can visit the annual exhibition of works by students and teachers of HSE Art and Design School from October 8 to November 14, 2021, at the HSE ART GALLERY. In addition, the exposition features an educational component called ‘Congress of the Tired People’.
‘Any serious exhibition coincides with an educational programme by necessity, so that the audience not only see works of art, but also becomes deeply immersed in the context that inspired the creators of these works,’ says Alexandra Staruseva-Persheeva, curator of the congress and Associate Professor in the Art and Design School. ‘We also do it, because it’s a large-scale serious exhibition, kind of a milestone for both students and teachers of the Art and Design School.’
The congress opened on October 3 and will run until November 1. A series of events are being held as part of the congress, including lectures for researchers and educational events for students. There are also creative events, such as art text readings, performances, meditative practices, meetings with artists, art historians and curators engaged in interpreting the problems of people living in modern society.
Photography Week took place on November 20–25 at the HSE Art and Design School. As part of the festival, the HSE ART GALLERY presented works by students of the Photography track from recent years, while CREATIVE HUB hosted a conference titled ‘Photography: More than Art.’
In early November, the Emancifashion exhibition, dedicated to the representation of women in art and fashion, took place at HSE University in Maly Trekhsvyatitelsky Pereulok. The event, organised by first-year students from the HSE Media Communications programme, featured works created by students from the Fashion Design programme of the HSE Art and Design School.
From September 18 to November 19, the HSE ART GALLERY is hosting a new exhibition from the HSE Art and Design School: ‘Going Over Old Ground?’ Its curator is Alexandra Mitlyanskaya, artist and head of the Screen Arts and Video Art tracks at the HSE Art and Design School. Guests will see experimental cinema, video art, and animation created by students and graduates of the school.
On May 17, the ‘Light and Air’ group exhibition project was opened by students of the HSE Art and Design School at the Arkhangelskoye Museum Estate. The exhibits created by the university’s contemporary artists in training reflect on how people are connected with nature. The exhibition is open until July 9.
The ‘Screen Arts. Roll Call’ cultural and educational project of the HSE Art and Design School will be exhibited at the Baltic branch of the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts in Kaliningrad until July 16, 2023. The project is a continuation of an HSE ART GALLERY exhibition held in September 2022. The exhibition presents a dialogue between three generations: pioneers of video art in Russia, young classicists, and students of the HSE Art and Design School who are uncovering new possibilities in screen arts.
On March 7, the HSE Art Gallery hosted the opening of ‘Design Futures: Synesthesia’, an exhibition featuring works by students of product and jewellery design at the HSE Art and Design School. The event runs from March 9–May 7.
HSE University-St Petersburg Art and Design School and Hungarian Cultural Centre Open Joint Exhibition
HSE University-St Petersburg is hosting the exhibition 'From Hódmezővásárhely to Mosonmagyaróvár: A Typographic Journey around Hungary'. The exhibition showcases lettering compositions devoted to ten Hungarian cities and created by students of the HSE University-St Petersburg Art and Design School. The opening ceremony was attended by the director of the Hungarian Cultural Centre and the science and technology attaché of the Embassy of Hungary in the Russian Federation.
The photo exhibition ‘Kamchatka: Your Amazing Adventure’ was officially opened as part of the Days of Kamchatka event held by HSE University in the building on Pokrovsky Boulevard from January 19 to February 10. Visitors will learn about life in the region through photos of the unique landscapes and wildlife sanctuaries of the peninsula, the traditional Beringia dog-sled race, and the main symbols of the Kamchatka Region—brown bears, Pacific salmon, and wild reindeer.
HSE Art and Design School Announces Competition Results, Explores the Art of Photography, and Opens New Exhibition
The HSE Art and Design School held three important events in the run-up to the New Year’s holidays: announcing the winners of the second season of the international HSE Creative Open competition, hosting the final lecture of the October–December open lecture season, and launching the Diploma22 graduation project exhibition at the HSE Art Gallery.
From November 9 to December 4, the HSE ART GALLERY is hosting an exhibition of works by students and lecturers of the HSE Art and Design School. The ‘Defining Yourself: Subject / Process / Identity’ exhibition lays the foundation of a multidisciplinary project about building connections between folk crafts, artistic practices, and modern research. The exhibition also has a parallel programme in the form of a curatorial excursion, an open talk, and an evening of performances.