Pushkin House, 5a Bloomsbury Square, London WC1A 2TA
Dates: 07.09 – 13.10.2017
Private View: 6th September 2017, 7pm
06.09.2017 Private view and tour around the exhibition with co-curator Nikolay Smirnov
05.10.2017 Screening of video works by artists participating at Metageography exhibition: Lucy Harris, Idit Nathan, Corinne Silva, Dmitry Venkov
11.10.2017 Evening with Head Curator of Contemporary art at The State Tretyakov Gallery (Moscow) and co-curator of Metageography exhibition Kirill Svetlyakov. Talk and Q&A
Сurators: Nikolay Smirnov, Kirill Svetlyakov
Co-curator in London: Olga Jürgenson
Scientific Consultant: Dmitry Zamyatin
Artists: Nadezhda Anfalova, Egor Astapchenko, Elena Berg, Irina Filatova, Dima Filippov, Lucy Harris, Valery Klamm, Kollectivnye Deystviya (Collective Actions), Ikuru Kuvadzhima, Ekaterina Lazareva, Idit Nathan, Egor Plotnikov, Boris Rodoman, Kirill Savchenkov, Corinne Silva, Evgeny Strelkov, Up! Community, Dmitry Venkov, Dmitry Zamyatin
This interdisciplinary project is dedicated to matters of metageography—a field of knowledge that lies at the intersection of science, philosophy and art (in a broad sense), and studies possibilities, conditions, methods, and discourses of geographical thinking and imagination.
Since the end of the 1960s, when regular air travel had begun and the first pictures of Earth from outer space appeared, the concepts of space and time, local and global boundaries, and the categories of “far” and “near,” “inside” and “outside” underwent a radical revision. Now the globalization process is driving a new experience, a modelling and representation of space in which an individual also must reconstruct himself/herself all over again.
The project brings together the experiences of geographers and artists from three generations of Russian art from the 1960s to the 2000s. For the current London version of the project the curators have selected artworks that reconfigure the post-Soviet space and focus on different ways of representing it. Interdisciplinary works by sixteen artists based in/or related to Russia are accompanied by several pieces by three participants based in the UK, adding further socio-political aspects to this travelling exhibition.