Still-Life Puzzles and Scenes from the Family Archive: HSE Art and Design School Takes Part in Cosmoscow
The Cosmoscow International Contemporary Art Fair was held in September in the Central Manege. Six graduates and a student of the HSE Art and Design School presented their works at the event. Yulia Yusma, Director of HSE ART GALLERY supervised the projects.
Alina Zolotykh, Ekaterina Aksenova, Elena Vlasova, Elena Charobai, Yasha Maksimenko, Daria Abdullina and Anastasia Kolesnichenko presented their projects at the prestigious international contemporary art fair. Guests enjoyed the creative diversity of the works presented at the exhibition: embroidery based on shots from the family video archive, photographs, still lifes, comic-book style painting, VKontakte graffiti, fabric installation and sculpture. The works were exhibited on September 18–20 in the Central Manege, and were also available to purchase via the TEO online platform until September 26.
This year marked the ninth annual Cosmoscow International Contemporary Art Fair. More than 300 contemporary artists took part in the event. HSE students and graduates presented their works at the stand of ‘Otkrytie Private Banking’ and the Visa international payment system. The central theme of the stand was discovering new names in the world of contemporary art.
Artist Elena Vlasova, graduate of the programme in Design and Contemporary Art, presented a graphic work titled ‘Grid/15’ from her series ‘Grids: A Game with Gaps’ at Cosmoscow. The series uses the motif of city fences. ‘To me, grids are a "common place" in the urban environment. Watching them, I strive to create a dual shimmering image that walks the line between a real recognizable object and an abstract, schematic one,’ says Elena. In her work, the artist explores how specific spaces function: the city, the internet, nature, the entities inhabiting them, and the formation of the psycho-emotional climate of the place. ‘The uneven city space and its everyday life are the most interesting thing to me. I look at the marginal, irrational part of it, the part untouched by the official authorities and living by itself like a ghost, the part that generates alternative images that I bring out of the shadows,’ she explained.
Anastasia Kolesnichenko, graduate of the programme in Communication Design, is the creator of composite still lifes presented at the stand. ‘My still lifes can be viewed as a puzzle, where the whole story is assembled from pieces,’ the artist says. ‘Different objects are combined, and we get a complete message. Words and feelings that can be translated into objects help me to create still lifes.’ Anastasia finds participation in Cosmoscow an interesting experience: ‘I think it's a step forward, and I'm glad about it.’
Yulia Yusma, Project Curator, Director of HSE ART GALLERY
At the HSE Art and Design School, we create a system that gives students not only a theoretical basis and practical experience in organizing and participating in exhibitions (in our gallery or at other venues), but also the opportunity to gradually integrate into the market. Support from our partners allowed us to create the perfect conditions for artists: participation with a full-fledged stand in the largest Russian contemporary art fair, representation on the TEO online platform, financial support for production and design and, significantly, no sales commissions. This is also an important step for the School as a whole: we took part in Cosmoscow for the first time and learnt that works by young artists are of interest to collectors at the fair, which mainly showcases established creators with serious careers. We sold eight works—2/3 of the stand—and our artists received more than 450,000 roubles in total. It’s an important experience for all participants and one which, I hope, will become a regular occurrence.
On September 9th, the Zaryadye Park Media Center and Underground Museum opened an exhibition of graduates from Moscow art universities ‘GRADUATION'22’. Graduates of HSE Art and Design School are taking part in the event. The grand opening of the exhibition was timed to coincide with the park’s first anniversary.
In June, the HSE ART GALLERY opened the final exhibition under the general curatorial theme ‘In a Land Faraway’. The exhibition displays the best works by students, graduates, and lecturers of the HSE Art and Design School created over the past year. Thousands of artists applied to participate in the exhibition.
Alexei Ryumin, curator of the HSE Art and Design School's track in Animation and illustration has launched The Permanent Exhibition at the Moscow Museum of Modern Art. The exhibition is being held as part of MMOMA's Young Art Support Programme can be seen until May 15.
In December, ‘A Delicate Fractal’ exhibition by Protey Temen, co-founder of the HSE Art and Design School opened in HSE ART GALLERY. The objects, graphics, video and multimedia installation presented here are part of a larger project ‘The Inner School of Open Studies’, in which the artist studies the subtle connections and intersections between science, random moments and the poetry of everyday life. The exhibition is open until February 6th, 2022.
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.
Visitors to the blazar art fair—the first major art event of autumn 2021—had the chance to visit the HSE Art and Design School stand to see works by Aleksandra Walz, Katerina Egorova, Polina Shilkinite, and Andrey Valmus. Another six HSE students and graduates took part as independent artists in the fair, which ran from September 8–12.
The Russian Museum of Ethnography and the HSE Art and Design School St. Petersburg will present an exhibition of works by the school’s students. The HSE OPEN DAYS: Poster, Sign, Book exhibition will run at the museum from September 15–26.
On April 26, on the 35th anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, an interactive exhibition was held in the atrium of the Pokrovka complex. Students learned about the history of nuclear power in Russia and how nuclear power works today. In addition, visitors were able to measure the radiation level of their smartphones (spoiler alert: non-life-threatening) and even try their hand at building a nuclear power plant.
On March 16, the HSE Madelstam Centre together with Vladimir Dal State Literature Museum opened a museum dedicated to poet Osip Mandelstam and his wife Nadezhda. Below, HSE News Service talks about the exposition ‘Mandelstam Street: Osip and Nadezhda’.
For Alexey Ryumin, curator of HSE Art and Design School’s track in Animation and Illustration, his current exhibition, which is on display at the HSE ART GALLERY, is his largest and most personal. In the exhibition, the artist presents more than a hundred 3D-printed objects: architectural pieces (frames, doorways, windows, webbing) and their inhabitants—emoji cats, horses, couriers, angels, and nesting dolls. Read on to learn about the concept of the exposition, the nesting dolls, and the Slavic hut.