Students from HSE Art and Design School Present Works at Blazar Young Contemporary Art Fair
The Blazar Fair, a satellite event of Cosmoscow, is designed to help young talents develop and promote themselves. Fresh ideas, trends, Russian and international practices of contemporary art - all of this can be found at the Museum of Moscow from September 9 to 13, 2020.
This event helps to facilitate cooperation and experience exchange between artists, curators, collectors and visitors to the exhibition. Blazar will also be a special project under the auspices of the VII Moscow International Biennale for Young Art.
Young independent artists, as well as academic institutions and initiatives in contemporary art are counted among Blazar participants in addition to gallery events. The fair aims at finding, developing and promoting young designers, as well as participants, in order to acquire new experience in interacting with institutions, collectors, critics and viewers.
According to Yulia Yusma, a member of the Fair's expert council and Director of HSE ART GALLERY, interest in young art has been recently on the rise.
‘Today, contemporary art attracts an audience that was hard to imagine five years ago: young people under 30 who not only actively attend exhibitions, but also collect works of art. The Blazar Fair, which is the initiative of our partners and friends, can provide a prompt response to this trend. Moreover, this project was created by young professionals for young artists and different types of viewers.’
The stand organized by the HSE Art and Design School features the works of HSE University students and graduates: Zhenya Milukos, Zulya Alieva, ‘BEZ.NAZ’ Group, Anastasia Panina, Alexandra Vals and several others. Some students and graduates of the HSE Art and Design School are participating in the fair as independent artists: Daniil Dvinskikh, Anastasia Livadnova, Elena Vlasova, Ekaterina Mordvinkina, Alina Zolotykh and Anastasia Kolesnichenko.
Ekaterina Mordvinkina, a fourth-year student in ‘Design and Contemporary Art’, notes that participation in such projects can form new opportunities: ‘This initiative gives us even more experience of getting immersed in the art scene: here you can truly understand the art market, meet gallery owners and future buyers. You can also learn about the works of other artists and form different collaborations.’
Anastasia Kolesnichenko, a graduate of the ‘Communication Design’ programme, is glad that the works of young artists are becoming more popular: ‘The Blazar Fair shows that there is a demand for young art, that it is relevant. It's a pleasure to be a part of such an interesting event and exhibit my works with other artists.’
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