The year 2023 saw two retrospective exhibitions of the work of Saodat Ismailova: Double Horizon at Le Fresnoy-Studio National (February 10 – April 30, 2023), which was the culmination of the artist’s two-year residency at the School of Contemporary Art in Tourcoing, and 18,000 Worlds at Eye Filmmuseum in Amsterdam (January 21 – June 4, 2023), which accompanied the Eye Art & Film Prize the artist received for her work interweaving contemporary art and cinema. A year earlier, the artist left her mark both at the 59th edition of the Venice Biennale, and at the documenta fifteen exhibition in … Read more
Category: ARTMargins Online: Artist Profiles
In March 2022, shortly after Russia had attacked Ukraine, the Chto Delat (What is to be done?) collective produced an artwork entitled Canary Archives in response to the shock of the military escalation.(Chto Delat, “Canary Archives 2022,” http://chtodelat.org/category/b7-art-projects/installations/canary-archives-2022-2/ Accessed January 31, 2023) While work on the project – comprising a four-channel video installation and a newspaper issue – had commenced earlier, the invasion was the catalyst for its statement. The filming and written elements were revised substantially as a consequence of the outbreak of war. Today, more than one year later, the relevance of the work has become … Read more
Ilija Šoškić, born in 1935 in present-day Kosovo (then part of Yugoslavia), and raised in present-day Montenegro, became the most known representative of the Montenegrin neo-avant-garde, although the artist would never call himself that. Rejecting any nationalist aspirations of the post-Yugoslav states, he sees himself instead as a nomad or a pilgrim(I refer to the title of Šoškić’s performance Pilgrimage (Hero’s Walk), from a 1975 performance realized at the Hohenzollern Castle, in Tubingen, Germany.)—somebody constantly on the road. Nevertheless, he has returned on several occasions to Montenegro and currently is based in neighboring Croatia.
Šoškić’s actions, installations, and … Read more
Siavash (Siah) Armajani (1939–2020), a conceptual artist best known for his civic-minded public sculptures commissioned for sites across Europe and the U.S., passed away on Thursday, August 27, 2020 from complications related to heart disease. Armajani was born to a wealthy merchant family in Tehran. He was active in political opposition circles throughout high school and college, and was forced to leave Iran in 1960 while still a student at the University of Tehran. He subsequently emigrated to the U.S. and enrolled at Macalester College in St. Paul where he continued his studies in Continental philosophy and American literature. In … Read more
The “One on One” series presents timely encounters between ARTMargins Online editors and contemporary artists, usually focused on one recent work. Recently, artist Pleurad Xhafa was among the protesters occupying the National Theater in Tirana in May of this year. Along with the other occupiers, Xhafa was arrested by police, and although he was subsequently released, he is currently facing charges including resisting arrest and illegal gathering.
Raino Isto: 200 Million Euro was originally installed on the stage of the National Theater of Tirana earlier this year, but it was destroyed—physically—together with that building in the early hours of … Read more
Our new “One on One” series presents timely encounters between ARTMargins Online editors and contemporary artists, focused on one specific recent work. In this (first) installment, Raino Isto talks with sculptor and installation artist Sera Boeno about her work Open Call for the Units of a Dispersed Monument in the Future (2020). The work is currently part of the online exhibition not (yet) futura free, organized by STABLE Arts in Washington, DC, curated by Nathalie von Veh.
Raino Isto: How did monuments become such a principal aspect of your practice?
Sera Boeno: I was born and raised in Istanbul, an … Read more
The following text initiates “Artist Files,” a new series devoted to forgotten, understudied, or otherwise marginalized artists from the former Eastern Europe. The artists whose work we want to introduce have eluded recognition not only abroad–a fate that’s common enough for artists from the region–but also in their own countries, and for a broad variety of reasons. This essay devoted to Gerard Kwiatkowski focuses on the work of this important Polish-German artist, whose role as a curator and founder of EL Gallery often overshadowed his artistic practice.
Polish artist Gerard Jürgen Blum-Kwiatkowski is mostly known as the founder of the … Read more
Whenever somebody asks me to send in a few photographs of my work I encounter a problem. Sitting in front of the computer, staring at the monitor, I find myself unable to come to a conclusion. Of what do these images speak? Are they testimony to my need to find a compromise between the chaos in my mind and my ability to control it, to know my way around it? What should I write? How can I connect these eleven photographs?
Exchange of Handwriting, 2006,
ARTMargins is pleased to show a series of recent photographs by Markéta Othová. Othová studied at the University of Applied Arts in Prague. She has worked with photography since the early 1990s and lives and works in Prague. Her work reflects the strong Czech tradition of avant-garde photography, yet she does not follow that tradition blindly. Othová’s photographs are usually black and white, large-scale, and informed by a strong emphasis on structuralrelationships. This emphasis on relational structure contrasts with the seemingly casual subject matter of her photographs – interiors, … Read more
ARTMargins is pleased to present new work by Barbara Kukovec (London/Ljubljana), from her exhibit The Pungk’tum Project (Exhibition Access Space, Sheffield, December, 2009). All images in the series were taken with self-made cameras, using film or paper treated with a photographic emulsion and printed in the darkroom on different surfaces. Kukovec was born in Slovenia in 1980 and has worked as an actor, dancer, and performer in a diverse range of theater and dance productions. She is currently still active in
ARTMargins is pleased to present a series of new paintings by Dimitri Kozyrev. Kozyrev is interested in the intersection between actual, physical landscape and mental landscapes, coupled with recent world events, led him to reflect on the ruins of war and its impact on the environment. The series is titled Lost Edge.
Dimitri A. Kozyrev
SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2009 Lost Edge, Mark Moore … Read more
ARTMargins is pleased to present a new work by New York City-based artist Yevgeniy Fiks: Communist Party USA Commemorative Stamps (2007-2008). In this project, Fiks produced US postal stamps featuring portraits of former leaders of the American CommunistParty, such as John Reed, William Z. Foster, Benjamin Davis. For seven months the artist then used these stamps on the envelopes in which he sent his monthly payments to companies such as CITI, Verizon, T-mobile, Time Warner Cable, and others. In this project, the procedure of paying monthly bills – a … Read more
ARTMargins is pleased to present the work of Hungarian-born artist Gábor Ösz. After studying at the Academy of Fine Arts in Budapest, Ösz pursued postgraduate studies at the Rijksacademie of Visual Arts in Amsterdam, where he has lived ever since. Ösz’s photographic and video work is conceptual yet pervaded by a strong sense of the importance of the medium. Among Ösz’s best known works are On the Edge (1998), a minimalist video work that can be viewed as a study of dimensions. In the project Liquid Horizon (1998-2002) Ösz uses as cameras … Read more
Whoever she is, Zuzanna uses herself as an eye with which to explore reality. She is her own instrument, and sees herself as such. (…) Only when the emotions have been portrayed can a study of identity begin. That is the next stage in her research program, for Zuzanna, like any true scholar, is systematic and conscious of her actions. She will begin by cataloguing identities, sensing in this some kind of order. Such is her present preoccupation. The present always seems to … Read more
Contact Luchezar Boyadjiev at: firstname.lastname@example.org
In my work during the last 10 years I have always been interested in the communicative aspects of art and artworks. Coming from a background of isolation and cultural “invisibility” within the larger framework of contemporary European art and culture, I have always looked for ways to convey my vision and message about life, the world, art and so on, in ways that would be not only meaningful but also clearly understandable for an international audience that has little knowledge about … Read more
My recent work stems from observations based on the driving experience. Using freeway systems as the investigative constant, these paintings and drawings attempt to recreate the pure structure of urban landscape. In recreation, the original experience is replaced with the image of “lost” landscape. The environment along the freeway structures is essentially lost for the driver in the fast movement of the vehicle, because the drivers attention is … Read more
Introduction by Oleysa Turkina and Victor Mazin; translated by A D Haun.
ARTMargins thanks I-20 gallery (NYC) for their support of this presentation.
Born in 1966, Novorossiysk (Black Sea)
Lives and works in Saint Petersburg, Miami and New York.
In the beginning was the rebus. The rebus spoke by means of things. The rebus presupposed translation from the language of words to the language of things. The rebus presupposed translation from the language of things to the language of words.… Read more
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Born in Warsaw, Poland
Lives and works in Tucson, Arizona.
5155 N. Avenida Primera
Tucson, AZ 85704 – 5801
(520) 408 2275
In my mixed media books I focus on issues related to my experience as a Pole living in the U.S. I came here 13 years ago with no intention to stay, but I am still here. Since my connection with Poland is very strong, I feel I am in between the two cultures. In my work, I address the … Read more
Born in 1955, Sofia (Bulgaria)
Lives and works in Berlin and Théoule sur Mer.
The paintings shown in this issue of ARTISTVIEW were to be seen in the solo exhibition “Etre la au bord du Monde: Voyageurs et Orientalistes, 1988 -1999” at the Musee d’Art moderne et contemporain in Geneva/Switzerland in 1999. The were subsequently shown in Saint Petersburg, Russia.
“Settlers on the Edge of the World: Itinerants and Orientalists” aims to reconcile wholeness with fragmentation and are about the lost or neglected narratives … Read more
Valery and Natasha Cherkashin have been working with the imperial cultures of the USSR, Germany, the United States and Great Britain for more than 15 years. In 1992, the Cherkashins developed a conceptual art museum, the “Metropolitan Museum of Cherkashin.” The museum was named in honor of the Moscow Metro, one of the biggest memorials of Soviet time. The following documentation relates to a sequence … Read more