‘This Laugh Is Going to End in Tears’: Exhibition Featuring Russian Artists Opens at HSE Art Gallery
Art works by Ivan Gorshkov, Dmitry Kavka and Danini are on display at the HSE Art and Design School gallery. The exhibition will run until March 22.
The exhibition, ‘This Laugh Is Going to End in Tears’, provides viewers a unique, multi-genre blend of paintings, embroidery, installations, sculptures, and performance footage. Many of the objects have been created specially for the HSE Art Gallery project and are being displayed in Moscow for the first time.
Three renowned Russian artists are featured in the exhibition. Ivan Gorshkov represents the ‘Voronezh wave’ of Russian contemporary art with a series of paintings based on pictures from the internet. Visitors of HSE Art Gallery will also be able to see footage of the artist Danini’s signature performances: four-legged creatures, a gargoyle thug, a fairy-tale mermaid, and a Venetian lion. The artist practices art performances and studies the systemic failures in digital and real environments. Finally, Dmitry Kavka’s works demonstrate how traditional techniques and new media can be used in art (such as digital sculptures, videos, and video games).
‘We have been working on this exhibition since last September. Most of the works have been created specially for the exhibition, so we spent some time discussing the project and creating the objects,’ said Yulia Yusma, gallery director and exhibition curator. ‘It didn’t take much convincing for the artists to agree to participate in the exhibition. I have been working with each of them as a curator for several years, and we enjoy working together.’
Students and staff of the Art and Design School played an active role in carrying out the project. Student Anastasia Savkina (Animation and Illustration) provided video editing for Danini’s project, and Ekaterina Borodina (third-year student, Visual Effects) created an Instagram mask in the style of the exhibition and Telegram stickers. Many students helped with painting, mounting, and cleaning. Instructor Ekaterina Umnova designed the exhibition’s corporate identity, and Ekaterina Altukhova did a quick and effective job designing it in all the necessary formats while taking care of the stickers and layout for the curator’s text. Cameraman and director Kirill Kustov shot Danini’s performances, which were made right at the gallery during the exhibition preparations.
‘I think we have created a very inspiring project. Each participant demonstrates something that is particularly important to them, and this is an extremely honest, vibrant story that leaves no one untouched,’ Yulia Yusma said.
The exhibition will be open until March 22. Admission is free and open to the public.
Opening hours: Wednesday – Sunday, noon to 8:00 pm.
Address: 12 Malaya Pionerskaya Ulitsa. More information on the artists and the exhibition concept is available on the HSE Art Gallery website (in Russian).
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